Sunderland horticultural show is growing in stature

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Entries are still being accepted for a popular horticultural show which takes place on Wearside this weekend.

Herrington Village Show has its roots in the last century, but in 2000 was re-modelled to include a cross-section of activities.

The gathering, which takes place at the Scout Hut in Crow Lane, Middle Herrington, this Saturday, brings together gardeners, cooks, crafters, embroiderers and photographers.

It is promoted by a number of groups in Herrington, including the Women’s Institute, Women’s Guild and the Board Inn Leek Club.

Sections are open to the public and there is expected to be fierce competition in the cookery and horticultural sections.

Show chairman and former mayor of Sunderland Leslie Scott, said: “We want to encourage as many entries as possible from local people.

“The photographic section has the theme Sunderland bridges.

“There will be some excellent prizes in the children’s section, which once again is sponsored by Oliver’s Dental Studio.”

Entries can be benched on Friday night and up to 11.30am on the day of the show.

The show will be open to the public from 2pm when cream teas will be available.

Trophies and prizes will be presented by renowned Houghton author Sheila Quigley, at about 4pm.

Herrington Methodist Church volunteers will take a selection of the produce on view for donation to a Wearside care home, after which the fruit vegetables and flowers will be sold off at bargain prices.