The biennial festival consists of a number of events including a scarecrow competition. Henry Paul’s scarecrow, styled like a certain sub-aquatic, sponge-based cartoon character, was displayed in the funeral directors’ window before it was paraded through the streets of Ickenham.
Following the procession, staff members were assisted by local Marie Curie Cancer Care volunteers in manning a book stall. It wasn’t the books that proved to be the stall’s attraction however, but rather the homemade stocks where volunteers received a barrage of wet sponges from eager passers-by.
Funeral service arranger Eric Hall (who made the scarecrow and stocks, assisted by Bob Dent) was grateful his children volunteered to be ‘wet-sponged’ by such dignitaries such as Mayor Councillor Michael Markham.
All in all £168.99 was raised and donated to the Hillingdon branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.