Downham show is a blooming success

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It was an afternoon full of colours, perfumes and beautiful displays when the Downham and District Horticultural Society held its annual show on Saturday.

More than 200 visitors poured into the Town Hall, at Downham, where there were a large number of exhibits in all of the categories.

The annual show was open to members of the society, as well as non-members, and there was a large number of entrants from the latter this year.

The hall was packed with plenty for people to admire, from flowers, fruits and vegetables to cakes, preserves, crafts, photography and much more.

Exhibitors didn’t have to be an expert in horticulture or gardening and young and old alike were able to enter into the show.

Maxine Selby, one of the organisers, said: “It was a terrific day and the show secretary and volunteers are to be commended for their hard work.

“It was a great showcase for the skills, talents and interests of local people.”

The British Sugar Millennium Cup winner for most points on the day was won by Margaret McCutcheon.

Tony Mazur was the winner of the best horticultural section while youngster Ethan Styles, who has been exhibiting for some time, was the overall winner of the children’s section.

Bethany Redhead picked up two awards – winning the photography and baking categories.

The society recruited seven new members on the day.

They meet on the second Monday of the month, excluding January and August.

The next meeting will be Monday, September 14, at the Town Hall in Downham.

The society is always seeking new members and membership is only £10 per year, with speakers each month and discount available from local garden centres.

The price represents very good value and anyone requiring further information about joining the society should call Maxine Selby on 07724069420.