Video: Hundreds at Hartlepool Horticultural Show

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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.

Jack Smurthwaite with two of his show onion at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.
Jack Smurthwaite with two of his show onion at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.

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.

Visitors takes a close look at some of the blooms on display at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.
Visitors takes a close look at some of the blooms on display at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.

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.

Bruce  Davidson and two year old daughter Alice amongst some of the flowers at the Borough Hall event.
Bruce Davidson and two year old daughter Alice amongst some of the flowers at the Borough Hall event.

“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:

Hartlepool Horticultural Show secretary Tom Hammond.
Hartlepool Horticultural Show secretary Tom Hammond.

Best overall entrant: E Williams

Dahlias: A Gregg

Chrysanthemums: J Craggs

Roses: T Foster

Sweet peas: S Twist

Fuchsias: J Nicholson

A visitor amongst the blooms on display at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.
A visitor amongst the blooms on display at the Hartlepool Horticultural Show that was held at the Borough Hall.

Pelargoniums: P McNiely

Other flowering classes: P McNiely

Carnations: K Earl

Vegetables: E Williams

 

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