Charnock Richard became home to a colourful array of new characters for the weekend as thousands of visitors attended the annual Scarecrow Festival.

Gardens, rooftops and public spaces were adorned with all manner of straw effigies as the whole village entered into the spirit of the three-day festival.

Among the scarecrow depictions were Olympic-themed efforts, with several Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis, mascots and torchbearers on show.

Other notable scarecrows were besuited likenesses of David Cameron and Nick Clegg, television presenter Harry Hill in the stocks, Strictly Come Dancing stars and George and the dragon.

Sunny weather helped the festivities, with roads around the village getting clogged with traffic during Sunday afternoon.

Simon Taylor, from Chorley, had taken his children Kay, eight and five-year-old Gregg.

He said: “The village has really taken to this. There are scarecrows everywhere you look which put a smile on your face and the kids are enjoying it.”