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By Becca Husselbee

A Star Wars fan has created a 20-foot-high scarecrow version of an AT-AT Walker from the films.

Ian Mockett, 54, worked for a month with the help of his daughter’s boyfriend, James Matthews, 21, to build the Imperial combat vehicle seen in the sci-fi series.

They used 26 sheets of hardboard as well as timber and fence post to complete the giant legs that included speakers, playing the Star Wars theme tune.

Ian, from Harepool, Northants, said: “Star Wars is such a classic film that it was always going to be a good choice.

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“We spent our evening and weekends getting the scarecrow finished in the garage.

“Due to the structure being so big we had to do it in sections, we didn’t know what it was going to look like until we put it together outside.

“It was actually quite emotional when we got to see the finished scarecrow, we thought we had made quite a good job of it.”

Ian stuck four concrete fence post into the ground to secure the base before climbing his ladders and piercing the head, body and leg sections together to create the masterpiece.

He used 10 litres of paint to cover the AT-AT replica, made guns from black plumbing pipes and completed with a set of red light up eyes.

The character caused quite a stir with neighbours and locals, all coming to see the unveiling on September 7.

The annual scarecrow festival is held in the village of Harepool to raise money for different charities, with most of the materials being donated by local businesses.

Ian said: “We have made quite a few big scarecrows in the past, an Indian Jones one and a Harry Potter one, but this one is pretty big.

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“Every year we say we are not going to make another scarecrow but a few months before the event we can’t resist.

“My wife just rolls her eyes at me now, she always says that we could have gone away on holiday instead of me spending all my time building.

“I’m a typical man, that’s what we like to do.”

Ian raised £800 for the Air Ambulance Charity but says he may have to take the Scarecrow down due to weather conditions after it was assembled last Thursday.

He said: “I think it may have to come down soon because of strong winds.

“We are hoping to put it into storage in the hope one day it can be resurfaced and used again.

“It’s created such a buzz that it would be a shame not to see it again.”