Leek show aims to take Hartlepool growing scene by storm

LEEK SHOW: John Ranson (right) inspects some of his crop with fellow member and Colin Marlborough from the Ye Olde Durham Leek Club ahead of the leek and produce show on the 12th September Picture: DAVID WOOD

LEEK SHOW: John Ranson (right) inspects some of his crop with fellow member and Colin Marlborough from the Ye Olde Durham Leek Club ahead of the leek and produce show on the 12th September Picture: DAVID WOOD

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A new show for Hartlepool growers to show off their prize leeks and produce is set to make a strong start.

The event is being put on by the Ye Olde Durham Leek and Garden Club, which only formed in May.

And despite numerous shows having disappeared in recent years, organisers say it has created a lot of interest in the town.

Colin Marlborough, of the leek club, said: “The show is primarily for leeks but also flowers, cakes, children’s classes, and home crafts.

“We have tried to include as much as we can.”

John Ranson, who is also one of the organisers, added: “A lot of shows have declined so it is surprising how much interest it is creating.

“We have done very well for the short space of time the club has been going.

“The Olde Durhams have also been a great support to us.”
John and other members of the leek club have been spreading the word about the new show at recent events including the Hartlepool Horticultural Show which was held last weekend.

And the response has been encouraging.

John added: “I think it is going to take off from all the interest it has generated.

“People are pleased that we are starting it up.”

The event has secured a number of sponsors and a chef will judge the home food sections.

The show takes place at Ye Olde Durhams social club, St Aidan’s Street, on Saturday, September 12, and anyone can enter.

The judging takes place behind closed doors in the morning before the public are welcomed in from 12.30pm onwards. Schedules will be available from the club from next week.