MARVELLOUS marrows, fantastic fuchsias and large leeks were just some of the produce on show during a popular gardening event hailed as the “best ever”.
The Hartlepool Horticultural Show attracted around 500 spectators when it was held at the town’s Borough Hall yesterday and on Saturday.
The hall was turned into a flurry of colour as green-fingered competitors displayed the fruits of their labour.
Prizes were handed out in more than 100 categories, including the ever-popular mis-shapen fruit and vegetables category.
Colourful blooms including dahlias, roses, carnations and sweat peas were on show.
There was also home craft sections – including best carrot cake, fruit pie and fruit scone – in the event, backed by Hartlepool Borough Council, and hailed as one of the finest shows in the North of England.
There was also a chance for young growers to shine, with children’s sections including miniature garden on a plate and fruit or vegetable man or model.
The Northern Gladiolus Society’s involvement in the annual competition also attracted a host of participants from around the region.
Show secretary Tom Hammond said: “We had 500 people through the doors, from as far as Darlington, Hexham and Derby.
“We had 785 entrants in 110 categories.
“This is the best we’ve had since I took over the running more than 20 years ago.
“I think this could be down to the fine weather. It’s been a huge success, it’s the best quality we’ve ever had – the quality of the exhibits was excellent.”
Mr Hammond, who will set about planning next year’s event immediately, thanked the council’s events team, including Lesley Strickland and Susan French, for their help.
The main award winners:
Best overall entrant: E Williams
Dahlias: A Gregg
Chrysanthemums: J Craggs
Roses: T Foster
Sweet peas: S Twist
Fuchsias: J Nicholson
Pelargoniums: P McNiely
Other flowering classes: P McNiely
Carnations: K Earl
Vegetables: E Williams