A blooming good show

Tom Hammond pictured with some of his blooms.
Tom Hammond pictured with some of his blooms.
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HARTLEPOOL Horticultural Show organisers have praised the hundreds of people who helped to make the event a success after record numbers of entries for the second consecutive year.

More than 700 people brought their impressive flowers and vegetables along to the Borough Hall, on the Headland, at the weekend for the annual event.

Growers from throughout the country made the journey to the town in a bid to be crowned a champion.

As well as the 706 entries for a whole host of categories, the British Gladiolus Society held their annual competition attracting 108 more entries.

Hartlepool Horticultural Show secretary Tom Hammond said the event went very well and described the standard of entry as “excellent”.

He said: “To get a record number of entries again was fantastic, that’s two years in a row now.

“It was a very good weekend, we had people enter from all over the country which is brilliant to see.”

The event, which is supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, offered a number of categories including a children’s section.

Visitors were treated to rows of chrysanthemums, roses, carnations and fuchsias along with a number of other flowers and vegetables.

Despite the record number of entries, Tom said the number of visitors was not as high as usual.

He added: “I would say the number of visitors ranked between disappointing and ok.

“I don’t know why that was, but those who did turn out certainly seemed to enjoy themselves.

“We always find that the standard of entry is particularly high and this year was no different.

“It does make me proud to see such a fantastic turn out.”