Harrogate bats descend on Lancashire

... and artist Steve Blaylock has also made a big spider's web. (120307AM2)
... and artist Steve Blaylock has also made a big spider's web. (120307AM2)

BATS, an owl and a giant spider’s web have been created by a Harrogate artist for a scary sculpture trail.

Steve Blaylock, from Killinghall, who is well-known for creating the Blue Peter ship, has now lent his talents to a new venture in Lancashire.

The Witches’ Sculpture Trail in Pendle, which opens in the spring, will commemorate the hanging of 10 alleged witches in the 17th century.

Steve, who installed the works on Thursday, said: “It’s a family-orientated attraction. I was given a free rein and I came up with ideas to do with witches’ things.

“There’s a life-sizeish owl, six bats the size of crows with three-foot wing spans, and a spider’s web which is seven or eight feet across.

“They are all up and ready now and they look fine.

“When it opens, I’ll be off to see how it all is and will hopefully meet some members of the public and ask them their opinions.”

Steve is the only Yorkshire artist involved with the project - the other three are from Lancashire - since one of the organisers came across his work at a private collection and was suitably impressed.

The Pendle attraction will include a cottage which may have belonged to one of the “witches”, supposedly evidenced by some cat bones discovered behind the fireplace.

l For more photos, see this week’s Harrogate Advertiser, on sale Friday, March 16.