Saddleworth’s most isolated village burst with pride at the weekend with a record number of entries for its annual flower show and scarecrow competition.

Villagers from Denshaw created a myriad of creative scarecrows with 12 entries ranging from Frank Rothwell, owner of Oldham Athletic, to the longest ever entry 'Otto the Octopus' at 20-metres long.

Hundreds of votes were cast online and over the weekend, with the winning entry, the Lego man, created by the Shaw family - Becki, Chris, and their children, Pepper and Raven. It was the culmination of a summer holidays worth of crafting.

Chris Ryan, Joanne and team came second with their entry 'Up', and Dr Andrew Vance's Otto the Octopus came third.

For the flower show, the buttonhole class had the highest number of entries with victory going to John McStocker.

Best flower this year went to a house plant entry, with success for Ann Smith.

David Darlington proved he knows his onions with winning best vegetable in show, while Jan Ashworth swept through the show on a train of success winning six cups including the Wibsey Cup for most points in show.

Meanwhile, Margaret Ramsbottom, the home produce judge, was kept busy. Record entries once again particularly among the scone and jam classes.

Hazel Billing took the prize for best in home produce with a cake while committee stalwart Elizabeth Feber took the trophy for most points in home produce.

Cllr Pamela Byrne, chair of Saddleworth parish council, handed out the awards. Dr Andrew Vance, chair of the Denshaw flower show, helped awarding of cups and prizes.

Dr Vance said: “The show committee would like to thank the village hall committee for providing the venue and all those who came and supported us in the run up to show day and on the day itself. We look forward to seeing next year.”

Next year, scarecrows are to be up by August 19 with the show held on Saturday, September 2 2023.