LEGENDS and mythical beasts came to life in the village of Kington Langley over the weekend as revellers enjoyed the annual scarecrow trail.

Thousands of visitors got a glimpse of 67 previously unseen creatures including the Loch Ness Monster and the Bogeyman at the 17th scarecrow trail centred around the village green to help raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society and local good causes.

“It was maybe a bit too hot over the weekend but we still had a great time,” organiser Steve Howe said. “Our numbers look about the same as last year but it is still too early for figures.

“This year we decided to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society because one of our committee members suggested it because one of his relatives was born profoundly deaf so it is close to our hearts.”

Visitors showed their support for the annual spectacle despite the 30 degree heat and although there was strong competition for this year’s people’s choice award, the Collins family walked away triumphant.”

“The winning scarecrow, which won the people’s choice, was the tooth fairy which was done in a darkened marquee to resemble a child’s bedroom and the tooth fairy hovered over a child in a bed. The second prize went to the Loch Ness monster which was an amazing Willow structure about 15ft tall made by Willow and Bicknell family. The Hydra built by Justine, Kerry, Rosie and Freddie complete with sound and gore took the third prize.”

Next year’s trail, which has been planned for June 16-17, will focus on the theme of books.