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Darth Vader scarecrow scoops Flamstead festival prize

Darth Vader scarecrow Image copyright Peter Aitken
Image caption Andrew Lambourne's Darth Vader scarecrow triumphed in Flamstead's 13th annual festival

A Darth Vader scarecrow showed no mercy defeating about 90 others to scoop the top prize in a Hertfordshire village festival.

Andrew Lambourne's scarecrow triumphed in Flamstead's 13th annual scarecrow festival at the weekend.

It took the electronics worker two months "and a lot of hard work" to make the talking scarecrow.

A World War One tribute entitled "Lest we Forget", complete with a field of poppies, came second.

Image caption Brenda Tibbs's World War One tribute came second in the public vote

It is the second time Mr Lambourne has won the competition. In 2010 his Dalek scarecrow came first.

Image caption Lucy Millar's Jack and the Giant Beanstalk was the fifth most popular

About 5,000 people descend on the village each year to view the scarecrows and cast their vote for their favourite.

The festival's founder Peter Milson, from Lincolnshire, introduced the idea to the village in 2002 as a fundraiser for the local church and it has run every year since, raising money for multiple sclerosis charity the Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre.

Image caption A Shrek scarecrow came in ninth place in the competition

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