AN event for top growers has attracted national acclaim.
Some of the finest growers in the land entered the Blackhall flower and vegetable show and they did not disappoint.
Onions weighing one stone and leeks which were among the best in the country were among the entries put in by 100 exhibitors.
Competitors from Blyth and Sunderland were up against local competition in an event which was packed out.
Organiser John Peace said: “Lots of people came and the feedback we got was that this was one of the best shows in the country.
“The hall was packed at times and it was so full, you could not get down the aisles”.
Alan Davison from Blyth took the crown for the leek section and already holds the world record for that category.
John, who himself is a star grower with his prize chrysanthemums winning two golds and two silver gilts at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the past four years, was a victor again when he won the chrysanthemum title.
The event was held at Blackhall Commmunity Centre, in Hesleden Road, Blackhall, and eight hours of competition had big prize money up for grabs.
The thirty eight categories included long leeks, heaviest onion, parsnips, dahlias, gladioli and chrysanthemums.
There were also children’s and baking sections, including best animal made from fruit and scones and home-made preserve.
There was big prize money up for grabs, with £200 first prize money in the leek section alone.
John, who is also the parks and facilities manager at Blackhall-based Monk Hesleden Parish Council, added: “We have already started the planning for next year’s competition.”
John praised Blackhall’s county councillors for ensuring the finances were in place for a great event.
“I must thank our local county councillors Lynne Pounder and Rob Crute. Without them, we could not have gone ahead,” said John.
“And we will definitely be back again next year. We have got enough funding for two years”.
Other winners at the event included Malcolm McLoughlin in the dahlias section, Alan Kennedy in leeks, and Chris Bradley in gladioli.
The event also saw a roadshow display by the National Vegetable Society.