The serious business of judging scarecrows has been under way this weekend, with winners selected for the annual Tong village scarecrow competition and in the new innovation from South Harris agricultural show.

Familiar themes such as Donald Trump’s antics, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the occasional Peat & Diesel reference were much in evidence, but there was also plenty of fun had with Coronavirus and some distinctive Lewis and Harris themes.

Councillor Donald Crichton was out with his clipboard in Tong on Saturday evening, and declared the Macmillan family of Hillhead the winners with their thank you to the NHS. Ruby and Phoebe are pictured here and mum Yvonne also got a mention.

There were first, second and third prizes in South Harris, where (in traditional reverse order) Rebecca Macleod’s tweed-weaving cailleach took a seat in third place, A J Mackenzie’s drunken crofter carried home the second prize and Finlay and Isla Gillies came first with their peat-cutting crofter.

Meanwhile in Carloway, the village’s new scarecrow competition is still under way, with surprising characters popping up on the verges and road ends. Pictured is a proud Carloway FC supporter who also seems to be a fan of Norrie Tago Maciver.

(Pictures are from Tong community hall committee, South Harris agricultural show and Carloway community association.)