PICTURE SPECIAL: Hartlepool Horticultural Show is a blooming great success

Town growers were again top of the crops when it comes to producing quality vegetables.

The Hartlepool Horticultural Show was held once more in the town and was as much a success as ever.

Hartlepool Horticultural Show in full bloom.

Hartlepool Horticultural Show in full bloom.

This year the show took place in Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre for the first time and organisers were pleased with the result.

Tom Hammond, show organiser and secretary, said they were a bit nervous about having the show in the new venue, but it was a big success and they had had a lot of support from the council.

He said: “This year it has taken a bit more organising because of the new venue, but it all went really well.

“With it being in the town centre now, I think a lot of people could call in after going to the shops.”

And, there were plenty of gorgeous blooms and impressive vegetables for people to look at with growers from all over the North East competing in the show.

With more than 100 categories, including everything from chrysanthemums to carrots, there was plenty of scope for comptitors to pick up a prize.

Among those who had another successful year was Hartlepool grower Kevin Tritschler and his allotment partner, Tony McGarry.

The pair scooped a range of prizes including first in the floral arrangement and first, second and third in the collection of fruit and veg.

Kevin, 55, who has been taking part in the show for more than 30 years, said: “I am really pleased with our results again this year.”

Michelle Garbutt, show administrator, said she was also pleased with the way the event went.

She said this year they had managed to provide some show vases, which had encouraged more people to take part.

Michelle said: “The show vases can be expensive and if people are taking part for the first time they might not want to buy one. So having the vases made a big difference.”