Committee member Ben Colson at a previous festival. Picture: Tony Jones.

A popular village event just proved too popular and residents have decided to call a halt following a secret ballot.

The Wolferton Scarecrow Festival had become something of an annual tradition in the village.

But the hoards of visitors, closed roads and bustle was not appreciated by everyone and the event has ended.

More than £100,000 had been raised over the years for local charities and causes.

The final meeting of the Scarecrow Committee has been held to wrap-up the event and distribute the funds which had been held for this year’s event.

A statement from the committee said it: “Regrets the closure of the event, but it is duty bound to follow the wishes of the village residents and they have told us, in a secret ballot, that they do not want such a large event again.”

Instead of the usual three-day extravaganza over the August Bank Holiday weekend, there will  be a traditional village fete.

Among those to benefit from the final cash distribution was the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House and the East Anglia Air Ambulance which received £1,000.