Sunderland show is a perennial favourite

Ted Williams of Horden won the first three places in the heaviest onion class, taking first place with this 12lb 6oz specimen.'Seaburn Horticultural Show 2011

Ted Williams of Horden won the first three places in the heaviest onion class, taking first place with this 12lb 6oz specimen.'Seaburn Horticultural Show 2011

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A BLOOMING marvellous time was had by all at this year’s Sunderland Horticultural Show.

The event, which has been taking place for more than 25 years, was held at the Seaburn Centre and attracted a huge turn-out.

Checking the winners in the flower classes.'Seaburn Horticultural Show 2011

Checking the winners in the flower classes.'Seaburn Horticultural Show 2011

There were hundreds of entries for the dozens of prizes up for grabs in the two-day show.

As well as attracting the best of Wearside’s gardeners and crafts people, the show also pulled in entrants from across the country.

Organisers say the show took a lot of work, but it was worth it in the end.

The Sunderland Horticultural Show started as a small meeting at Roker Victory Club, but has since grown into one of the city’s most popular events.

Run by Sunderland City Council, this year there were more than 80 classes.

Michelle Leggoe, one of the organisers, said: “The day just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year we have had a really good show with lots of people coming along just to take a look at the exhibits. It’s a good day out and it’s free as well.”

As well as all the horticultural exhibits, there are also numerous other organisations which go along with displays, including model boats, knitting, cooking and quilting and crafts.

Angela Mason, 43, was one of those who came along. She said: “The displays were really good.

“This is the first time I’ve been, but I’ll definitely come back.”

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Norma Wright, also went along to present prizes to the winners.

The produce was auctioned off with money being donated to the Mayor’s chosen charities, MIND, Brothers in Arms and the Sunderland AFC Foundation.

Coun Wright said the success of the horticultural show is due to the support it receives from the community and she thanked everyone who took part.

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