New Hartlepool leek and produce show is a real grower

Terry Allen with his prize- winning leeks at the Olde Durhams show.
Terry Allen with his prize- winning leeks at the Olde Durhams show.

Organisers of a new produce show in the Hartlepool calender are delighted after it got off to a great start.

Growers and bakers were keen to show off their wares at the first Ye Olde Durhams Leek Club Show at the weekend.

John Ransome with his award-winning tray of vegetables.

John Ransome with his award-winning tray of vegetables.

As well as huge home-grown leeks, there were lots of entries of vegetables, flowers and delicious home baked food.

It was the first show organised by the Ye Olde Durham Leek and Garden Club, which only formed in May this year.

And judging by the success, it is set to become an annual fixture.

John Ranson, of the club, said: “It was brilliant. A National Vegetable Society judge who was there said how good the standard was.

Eight year old Zak Clouston with his award-winning display.

Eight year old Zak Clouston with his award-winning display.

“I think it shocked quite a few people and it will only get better. We were very pleased with the turnout and the committee at the Olde Durhams have been brilliant letting us hold it there.”

Entry was open to anyone and the club spread the word at other local events including Hartlepool Horticultural Show.

The difficult task of judging took place in the morning before the doors were opened to the public in the afternoon.First, second and third places were awarded in a host of categories for leeks, carrots, parsnips, onions and the best tray of four vegetables. Flowers were also well represented with some stunning carnations, chrysanthemums, dahlias and gladioli entered.

Children could also get involved too by entering a miniature garden on a plate.

That was won by eight-year-old Zac Clouston, who earned himself a medal and trophy. The prestigious Leek Cup was won by Terry Allen and the Malcolm Bartram Memorial Trophy was won by John Ranson for his best tray of veg.He was also the show’s overall winner with the most points.

The Shirley Ranson Memorial Trophy went to S Marlbrough for an apple pie.