Sunderland Horticultural Show returns

Nine-year-old Molly Smith with her winning veg last year.

Nine-year-old Molly Smith with her winning veg last year.

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SUNDERLAND’S Horticultural Show returns next weekend.

The event will be held at Seaburn Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.

Houghton Horticultural Show will be held the following month, on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, during the second week of Houghton Feast, an ancient festival dating back to the 12th century.

Exhibitors from all over the country come to both shows to show their prize vegetables and flowers. The Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran, said: “These shows are incredibly popular, and we get hundreds of entries every year.

“It’s always good to see what people show in the horticultural and produce sections.

“If you’re not entering any produce, do come and see and support the work and effort that people have put in. You never know, you might be inspired to enter something yourself next year.”

The Houghton presentation is at 2pm and the auction at 3pm on Sunday, October 12, where presentations will be made by the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse. There will also be societies and craft stalls over both weekends.

Coun Porthouse said: “I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what I’m sure will be marvellous entries and to present the winners of the various classes with their trophies.”

At the end of the shows, the produce will be sold with proceeds going to the Mayor’s charities.