A SCARECROW might not be the most conventional way to fill a pothole, but it seems to have done trick.

Kingsley resident Mark Owen decided to take a light-hearted jab at an issue plaguing roads across the county as part of the village’s scarecrow competition.

Mark, 53 and a contract manager, says he has never done anything like this before but has enjoyed seeing people’s reactions to his creation.

“With the current economic backdrop and the lack of smiles since 2020, making people smile costs nothing and I’m pleased I have been able to do that and people have enjoyed the joke,” he said.

“There has been an increase in potholes over the last few years throughout the country and without making a political statement I thought that we should have a laugh.

“The arguments for and against filling the potholes are numerous and not something that this is about - it’s just a bit of fun.

“If people feel strongly about potholes then please feel free to vote for the scarecrow in the competition - that would be great!”

Northwich Guardian: A photo of the scarecrow shared on Facebook has been liked hundreds of timesA photo of the scarecrow shared on Facebook has been liked hundreds of times (Image: Martyn Jones)

Mark put the scarecrow together using simply a pair of jeans, his old boots and a few rocks.

Alongside the legs poking out of a pothole is a sign which reads: “Kingsley Pothole Tours Co. – Featuring Bob the Builder.”

Since a photo of the scarecrow was shared on a village Facebook group it has been liked more than 250 times, with dozens of comments showing their support for the idea.

Mark added: “Thanks everyone for the likes and comments.

“It's great to be responsible for people smiling, even for a couple of minutes.

“Keep smiling, keep laughing and get involved."

Mark’s creation has been entered in the Kingsley Women’s Institute’s Village Scarecrow Competition.

Judging will take place this upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend (August 26-28).