Show was a blooming success

HUNDREDS of people spent their Bank Holiday casting their eye over a host of impressive blooms as part of an inaugral community event.

Blackhall Community Centre was the venue for a flower and vegetable show, organised by Monk Hesleden Parish Council parks and facilities manager John Peace.

Around 400 people filled the hall at the centre as competitors showed off entries in 38 different classes.

These included leeks, onions, carrots, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, carnations, a section for children to enter and a baking competition including best home-made preserve, savoury scones, and Victoria sandwich cake.

An auction of left-over produce at the end of the event raised £120 for two-year-old Blackhall cancer battler Bradley Lowery.

John, who has won a gold and two silver gilts in the Royal Chelsea Flower Show, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.”

John, who is National Chrysanthemum Society champion, was beaten into third place in the chrysanthemum section by Malcolm Simpson from Durham.

And Steven Boxen, from Easington, took the pot leek section top prize, snatching victory from National Pot Leek champion Peter Holden.

Phil Watson, meanwhile, won the dahlia section.