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Award-winning allotment-holder creates scarecrow to commemorate the First World War

Connie Alford, 77, and her First World War scarecrow

Connie Alford, 77, and her First World War scarecrow

A Potten End pensioner has made a scarecrow for one of her village allotments to commemorate the First World War.

Connie Alford, 77, has been an avid gardener for more than 13 years since losing her husband to cancer. She made a ‘running’ scarecrow for the Olympics and others for the Royal wedding and baby. She said: “If there’s anything in the news I will make a scarecrow out of it.”

Connie’s allotments are so good that two of them have won the ‘best in the village’ award for nine years in a row.

She said: “I am going for it this year – to get 10 years on the trot.”

The Potten End allotments came second to Edinburgh in the nation-wide Dig for Victory competition in 2006.

Connie said: “Potten End has got something to be proud of – we should have come first really.”

Her latest scarecrow is known as The Unknown Soldier.

 

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