THE first week-long scarecrow festival to be held in Hollins has been hailed a success two days into the event.

Dozens of film favourites and cartoon characters have popped up across the village as part of the trail, which opened officially on Saturday.

Families have been searching the streets for the ex-straw-dinary creations.

The event has been organised by resident Steph Reay, who says she was inspired by similar festivals taking place in nearby Brandlesholme and Failsworth.

Steph said: "Everyone is absolutely loving the scarecrows and the effort people have put in is amazing.

"Saturday was the first day and it was fantastic to see so many families walking around the village following the trail, children with clipboards taking note of their favourite scarecrows, neighbours talking to each other, people stopping to chat to people they might not usually speak to. It has been such a talking point and is fantastic for the community spirit."

She added: "Already people are asking if it’s happening again next year and planing what the theme it could be."

Steph is part of the Parent Teacher Association at Hollins Grundy Primary School, and has chosen to use the event as a means of raising money for the school.

She also says she has placed an emphasis on bringing various community groups, businesses and individuals together for the family friendly event.

Cubs and scouts are due to complete the trail on Wednesday and Dooties and The Hollins Bush have also entered their own scarecrows.

The scarecrows will be on display until September 15.

Steph said: "This sunny weather makes it perfect for a great family walk.

"I’m so pleased it has all come together. The hard work has paid off and I can’t wait to see who wins next week. I’m so proud of everyone’s efforts. Bring on next year."

Maps and voting forms can be collected from Hollins Bush or Dooties.

Voting forms should be returned to Hollins Grundy Primary School, Hollins Bush or Dooties before Friday, September 13. Alternatively, they can be handed in before 2pm at the GO Wild fun day, which is taking place at Hollins Community Centre on Sunday, September 15.

Winners will be announced at the fun day, between 1pm-5pm, with prizes given for the best scarecrows.