Hundreds turn out for village show

Denise Robertson admires the gladiolis at Herrington Village Show held in the scout hut in Crow Lane.

Denise Robertson admires the gladiolis at Herrington Village Show held in the scout hut in Crow Lane.

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A WASH out summer didn’t stop a blooming good turn out at Herrington Village Show.

More than 200 people came along to the annual show on Saturday afternoon.

Young visitors take a look at children's entries in Herrington Village Show  ( left to right) Leo Smith, 2, Archie Smith, 8, and Dan Keating, 8, who won a first prize.

Young visitors take a look at children's entries in Herrington Village Show ( left to right) Leo Smith, 2, Archie Smith, 8, and Dan Keating, 8, who won a first prize.

The Scout Hut in Crow Lane was packed out with colourful flowers, crafty art creations and gigantic vegetables.

TV presenter Denise Robertson handed out prizes across 50 categories at the 12th annual show.

Despite months of rain, growers managed to turn out an impressive display, with the Tania Burnicle clinching one first place with a 6lb 8oz onion.

Youngsters also got involved in the event, showing off their Lego-building skills and creating crowns fit for a queen, to mark Jubilee year.

Herrington Flower Club, where Denise is vice-president, also set show-goers a challenge, with a series of displays themed around Guess the Nursery Rhyme.

Organiser Les Scott said there had been worries a damp summer would cut down on entries.

“The quality of displays was very good considering the very difficult year we have had,” he said.

“It was much better than I expected it to be. We had an absolutely incredible display of gladioli and the biggest onion in the history of the show.”

Sponsor Oliver’s Dental Studio laid on goody bags for young winners and visitors enjoyed homemade strawberry cream teas, with all of the profits going back into funding next year’s show.

Herrington show is organised every year by representatives from community groups, including the Scouts and art club.

Mr Scott added: “It is a great way of bringing people together and recruiting new members.”

There is a shortage of Scout leaders and waiting lists of would-be Scouts across Wearside.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Mr Scott on tel. 528 0580.