The Sark Fief Celebrations Begin
To celebrate 450 years since Helier de Carteret, Sark’s first Seigneur, arrived with the forty settler families HSBC bank invited islanders to make forty scarecrows that have now taken up residence outside the bank at La Collinette. Each family had to supply a man with a musket to defend the coast and, while every scarecrow has a musket, there are fishermen, an artist, a vicar and several pirates among the scarecrows. They have formed quite a presence and attract plenty of visitors as they arrive at the top of Harbour Hill. The scarecrows are just part of a wide array of celebrations that include a children’s pageant on the actual Sark Fief anniversary on 6th August, a Jersey to Sark rowing race this Saturday, family fun day on Sunday and a Son et Lumière show in September telling the history of Sark. For more information on all of the festivities go to the events section of this website.
Pictures and Words by Sue Daly
The forty men with muskets