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It’s scarecrow judging night tonight (Friday 30 July) in Tong and, as always, the villagers have been inventive and comical in their creations.

The annual scarecrow competition has been sponsored this year by village business Stitch in the Ditch, with cash prizes for the top three scarecrows. Business-owner Helen Macaulay has made her own contribution to the show – a very industrious sewing bee!

This year there’ll be three judges, since the island’s most famous musical trio have been persuaded to lend their talents to the scarecrow show.

The Peat & Diesel boys will be touring the village this evening – and Boydie’s likely to come face-to-face with himself as the pirate of the Hebrides.

He’s not the only real island character to appear on the village verges – NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson is also shown knocking back a few drams of the Pfizer vaccine.

He’s joined by characters from children’s books and TV, and by a disturbing number of incompetent workmen struggling to stay on their ladders or lounging about in wheelbarrows.

Winners will be announced over the weekend on the Tong Community Hall Facebook page.

Pictures show some of the entries to be seen through the village of Tong, ready for judging this evening.