TV agony aunt to present awards at village show

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WEARSIDE agony aunt Denise Robertson will be handing out gongs at a village show next month.

Herrington Village Show stages vegetable-growing, photographic and art competitions as people in the area join together for the annual event.

FILE PIC TAKEN 3 SEPTEMBER 2011'Show030911KBdaB.JPG''Pictured at the Herrington Village Show, held in the Scout Hut in Crow Lane, Herrington on Saturday are l-r Brenda Foster, Teresa Rowell, Margaret Pullan and Lily Trotter all members of the Herrington WI and Townswomens Guild.

FILE PIC TAKEN 3 SEPTEMBER 2011'Show030911KBdaB.JPG''Pictured at the Herrington Village Show, held in the Scout Hut in Crow Lane, Herrington on Saturday are l-r Brenda Foster, Teresa Rowell, Margaret Pullan and Lily Trotter all members of the Herrington WI and Townswomens Guild.

Denise, born and raised in Sunderland, will be presenting prizes to winners.

Although the festival dates back to the 19th century, it fell on hard times during the 1980s before being revived in the millennium.

Organisations involved in its current form include the Herrington Women’s Institute, the Townswomen’s Guild and the Herrington Flower Club.

Les Scott, a former mayor of Sunderland and city councillor, is chairman of the show and called on the community in Herrington and the rest of Sunderland to come along and participate in the fun.

FILE PIC TAKEN 3 SEPTEMBER 2011  'Show030911KBdaD.JPG 'Admiring some of the flowers at the Herrington Village Show, held in the Scout Hut in Crow Lane, Herrington, on Saturday are Helen Britan (left) and her mum Eileen Foster, both of Sunderland.

FILE PIC TAKEN 3 SEPTEMBER 2011 'Show030911KBdaD.JPG 'Admiring some of the flowers at the Herrington Village Show, held in the Scout Hut in Crow Lane, Herrington, on Saturday are Helen Britan (left) and her mum Eileen Foster, both of Sunderland.

Mr Scott said: “It’s your show, so come and get involved.

“We want to reach a point where all people feel they can have a go.”

Explaining what the show has to offer, he added: “We have built on this idea of co-operation and expanded into new areas.

“The photography section is very popular and this is the third year of our art competition which is very well supported by the art clubs in the surrounding area.

“The tallest sunflower contest now has city-wide interest.

“This year we are pushing the children’s craft section where there are three competitions.

“We also need entries for a crown fit for a queen, a Lego model no bigger than a shoebox and of course a novelty creature made with garden produce.”

The show takes place in the Scout Hut, Crow Lane, in Middle Herrington, on Saturday, September 1.

Cream teas will be served at the show, which opens to the public at 2pm. Prizes are awarded at about 3.30pm.

Those wanting to enter something for the show must present it by 11am and it is advised entrants request a copy of the show schedule in advance.

Call 528 0580 for further information.

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