Hundreds due at green showcase

Tom Hammond pictured with some of his blooms.
Tom Hammond pictured with some of his blooms.

HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend a popular horticultural show this weekend.

Growers from all over the country are set to make the journey to Hartlepool for the annual event.

The event, which is supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, is a showcase for champion carnations, dahlias, gladioli, fuchsias, sweet peas and vegetables.

There are more than 120 categories including an allotments section and a children’s section.

The British Gladiolus Society is also holding its national competition at the event, attracting growers nationwide.

The free show is taking place at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, this Saturday and Sunday.

Hartlepool Horticultural Show secretary Tom Hammond said: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the show this year so we’re looking forward to an excellent display and aiming to beat last year’s record of 660 entries.

“We’ve got categories for people of all ages and abilities, so it really is a great event for all the family.

“We’re also delighted to welcome the British Gladiolus Society’s national exhibition back to Hartlepool again.”

Tom, who has been involved with the show for the last 20 years, added: “The standard is always very high, it’s the best in the country.

“It would be fantastic if we can beat last year’s record entry.

“The weather has been against the gardeners this year and we are just hoping that won’t reflect on the entries, but are confident it won’t.

“We have already had more than 200 entries.

“It makes me proud to see such a fantastic turn-out every year.”

People can still register for the show at the Borough Hall on Friday from 4pm-9pm and Saturday from 7am-9.30am.

The event gets underway on Saturday from 12.30pm-5pm and continues on Sunday from 11am-4pm.

For more information contact Mr Hammond on (01429) 870411.