THOUSANDS of people took a trip down memory lane at the weekend when a village that prides itself on having Wiltshire's first, biggest and best scarecrow trail went back to the 1980s.

People wrapped up warm against a chilly wind as they toured Urchfont near Devizes for three days of fun as people of all ages tried to guess what each of 51 crows represented.

Everything from Eddie The Eagle to Fireman Sam were on show. Many villagers had spent months perfecting their crows and while some were easy to guess others had people scratching their heads.

Organisers this year were keen to do their bit for the environment and encouraged visitors to bring a useable cup and water bottle. A questionnaire asking how the festival could become even more green was also issued.

A festival spokesman said: "We are committed to reducing the impact Urchfont Scarecrow Festival has on the environment. We asked people to fill in a short survey to help us understand how we can 'go green' while maintaining the fun and character that makes Urchfont Scarecrow Festival special."

This year's festival drew back many people who return year after year and a large number of new faces as well.

Among those who were delighted by the event was Ali Allen who took to social media and said: "It was a brilliant day as usual, great theme and really enjoyed it, lovely atmosphere and yes we managed to get all the clues too."

Sarah Hills agreed and wrote: "Great day. Thank you to all the scarecrow makers and organisers of the festival. Thank you for organising disabled parking facilities, much appreciated. Looking forward to next year."

In addition to the trail there was also a performance by Devizes Sing Alive Choir in St Michael and All Angels Church, an art exhibition and plenty of refreshments.

Money raised from the event will go to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and a large number of village charities and causes.

A committee spokesman said: "It was wonderful to see so many old friends who return year after year. It's been another successful Scarecrow Festival. Thank you to everyone that came."