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Take the Strabane district’s Hay Sculpture Trail this Hallowe’en

12 October 2017

Commuters around the Strabane district may have noticed some spooky figures emerging from the local landscape in recent days.

The hay artworks in Castlederg, Victoria Bridge, Newtownstewart, Plumbridge, Strabane and Donemana are part of the Hallowe’en Hay Sculpture Trail where families can drive around and uncover the eerie trail through the district.

They have been created by local Young Famers and community groups in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Council and feature a wide range of characters from scary witches to creepy spiders, weird aliens and skeletons.

Festival and Events Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ashleigh Devine, encouraged local people to get out and about and discover the haunting figures lurking around the local area.

“We are delighted to be able to launch the Hallowe’en Hay Sculpture Trail, in association with the Young Farmers and local community groups, which we hope will add some extra colour and excitement to this year’s celebrations,” she said.

“A lot of work has gone into the figures and it is exciting for those involved to see them displayed in prominent areas around the district.

“This is the first year of the project and it’s a great chance for families to get out and take a ghost trail to discover the figures and take photos and selfies with them.”

The hay trail includes two sculptures in Castlederg including a Skeleton outside Castlederg High School and apple characters in the diamond to coincide with the town’s Apple Fair.

‘The Tinneys’ in Strabane have been joined by a Tin Man and the wicked witch while there is also a spider sculpture on the road between Strabane and Ballymagorry.

Sculptures are also located in Donemana, Plumbridge, Newtownstewart and Victoria Bridge.

The location of the sculptures is available in the Strabane Halloween guide which contains a full events listing for the celebrations and can be viewed at www.strabanehalloween.com.