Sunderland celebrates 25th Horticultural Show

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PRIZE-winning blooms and giant vegetables were the stars of the Sunderland Horticultural Show.

The show, in the Seaburn Centre, has been held annually for more than 25 years.

Sunderland Annual Horticultural Show at the Seaburn Centre.

Sunderland Annual Horticultural Show at the Seaburn Centre.

“We are very pleased with this year’s entry,” said organiser Ian Coburn, of Sunderland City Council. “Some years we have more flowers than vegetables or the other way around.

“This time the entry has been nicely balanced and of a good standard. Most of the exhibitors are from the local area, but we have had some entries from elsewhere in the country.

“That demonstrates the show is held in high regard by the growers.”

Among the prize-winners was 78-year-old Malcolm Mason from Boldon Colliery.

“I got first and second for the fuchsias,” he said. “I’m pleased with that.

“I’ve entered leeks and all sorts over the years, but I can’t do the bending down now to grow them.

“The fuchsias are good for me because I can do them on the bench while I’m standing up.”

Sunderland’s Deputy Mayor, Coun Barry Curran, visited the show yesterday with his wife, Carol.

“I’m very impressed,” he said. “Flower and vegetable growing was not something I knew a lot about.

“You don’t realise how much work goes into growing what we see in the hall. This is an excellent show, and I hope it continues for many years.”