Leek show a huge success

Three year old Molly Devanny pictured with a bouquet of sunflowers that were in the Greatham show.

Three year old Molly Devanny pictured with a bouquet of sunflowers that were in the Greatham show.

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GROWERS turned out in force to show off their hard work at an annual event.

Around 100 people enjoyed the Hope and Anchor leek show, at the pub in Greatham Village.

After hours of hard work in the allotments, the 15 members of the Hope and Anchor Leek Club proudly put their leeks on display.

Jeff Westmoreland was crowned champion with his leek which measured 179 cubic inches.

He beat his brother Ronnie who won last year’s event and finished second this time around, while Mike Lewis finished third.

Jeff also won best vegetables, best floral and overall points categories.

A produce auction and raffle also took place on the day.

Organisers are not sure yet as to how much was raised, but were delighted with the outcome of the event.

Ronnie Westmoreland, 55, a member of the club, said: “It was an excellent day, a really good turn out and the standard was very high.

“All of the members were absolutely delighted.”

Ronnie, a dad-of-three and a factory manager who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool with wife Julie, 53, who works in Greatham Post Office, added: “The feedback we received was excellent, everyone seemed to have really enjoyed themselves.

“We don’t know how much was raised in the auction but it was a decent amount of money.

“That will all go back into the club and help with the organisation for next year’s event.”