THERE were some strange characters lurking at the side of the roads in Newick in the days leading up to the Diamond Jubilee Weekend.
More than 50 scarecrows were popping up all over the village.
Local residents, local shops and businesses, clubs and societies were invited to make a scarecrow representing a personality, character or event from one of the decades of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Cash prizes for best scarecrow from each decade (by popular vote), plus other spot prizes, were due to be presented on during The Big Picnic at Newick Primary School.
Scarecrows included Her Majesty herself, a French can-can dancer under the Tricolour on the village green, a punk - and even a pair of legs disappearing into a hedge.
Newick staged the Jubilee Three Pubs Challenge on Bank Holiday Monday centred on The Green, which was the starting point for a procession through the village the following day.
Meanwhile Allington Crescent residents got together for a patriotic street party.