“Magnificent flower show” – nine awards for John!

John Backhouse and David Heath

Show secretary John Newby with winners John Backhouse and David Heath being presented their awards by Hedon Town Mayor Councillor Neil Black

Chrysantheums grown John Backhouse

John Backhouse prize-winning blooms

JOHN BACKHOUSE took nine awards away with him from this year’s Hedon & District Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show. Amongst these was the Bronze Medal signifying the second most meritorious exhibit in the show and a special award ‘The Warrington Cup’ for the best bloom in the show (in its class). The top Silver Medal was won once again by David Heath (last year’s winner). David also won the Steradent Sword for best vase (in its class).

Presenting the prizes Hedon Town Mayor Councillor Neil Black remarked upon how ‘magnificent’ the 67th Show had been. Addressing the audience assembled for the prize-giving, he said:  “Congratulations on a magnificent show. Now, you might expect me to say that… but I’m known for my forthright views and when I say it was magnificent, I really mean it!”

“It is wonderful to see the community spirit engendered by the annual show, bringing people together as it does in a really fruitful activity. On behalf of the town I’d like to thank the Hedon and District Chrysanthemum Society for their great efforts in staging the event.”

John Backhouse was delighted with his prizes, but was very modest about his achievements commenting upon how tough the weather had been making it a particularly difficult time for all the growers. This was echoed by the Society’s John Newby who had said he’d feared at one point about the impact the weather might have had on competition entries. However, despite the effects of any bad weather, the Alexandra Hall was filled once again with a beautiful exhibition of flowers.

Pat Hopper Trophy Gardener DollIt wasn’t just chrysanthemums; an impressive range of vegetables were on display, with cookery, jams and preserves, art and crafts work classes all having their own places in the show too. Of particular merit was the doll knitted by Pat Hopper winning her the Burstwick Cup for the best craft exhibit. Pat, who’s a member of the Hedon WI, had made the doll depicting a gardener complete with watering can and a plant pot – a perfectly appropriate creation for the show.

Congratulations also to show secretary John Newby – not only did he play a key role helping to plan and organise the show, but won one of the trophies with his own giant leeks!

John Newby and his giant leeks with the Hedon Mayor and Mayoress (Mrs Linda Black)

John Newby and his giant award-winning leeks with the Hedon Mayor and Mayoress (Mrs Linda Black)

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