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Green-fingered goodness at annual summer show

 Oulton Broad and LOwestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show-  Mick Howes

Oulton Broad and LOwestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show- Mick Howes

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Displays of green-fingered goodness were enjoyed by all ages as the popular Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show returned for another year.

Scenes from the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show at the Carlton Colville Community Centre in August, 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWESScenes from the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show at the Carlton Colville Community Centre in August, 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Held last weekend, August 20 and 21, at the Carlton Colville Community Centre hundreds of attendees came to marvel at the array of magnificent vegetables, beautiful blooms and floral displays.

Show manager John Thomson, 76, and his wife Cynthia, 70 said: “It’s about showing people what can be done with flowers and vegetables.

“Especially showing people that gardening can be fun and anyone can grow vegetables and plants in their back garden, allotment or even a balcony.”

The annual event, which has been held since 1911,was opened by Bob Coutts, vice-president of the society, who commended the the gardeners comparing their hard work to that of the Olympians, who work for many years and months before reaping their rewards.

Scenes from the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show at the Carlton Colville Community Centre in August, 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWESScenes from the Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticultural Society Summer Show at the Carlton Colville Community Centre in August, 2016. Pictures: MICK HOWES

More than 40 gardeners entered the 11 sections of the show, hoping to impress judges with their gardening endeavours.

Major winners, from the two-day event, included Donny Andrews who received the Rachel Gurney Challenge Trophy for the highest number of points in the Dahlia classes and John Thomson, who won the Jubilee Bowl for the highest number of first prizes at the show.

“We have really enjoyed meeting lots of new people and people who used to exhibit here but are no longer able to do so- it’s always a lovely show,” added Mrs Thomson.

To find out more visit www.oblhs.onesuffolk.net

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