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Lowestoft: Show hailed as 'best ever'

PUBLISHED: 16:53 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:38 06 July 2010

THERE were flowers and vegetables of all colours, shapes and sizes on display at a popular show at the weekend.

A competition to find the world's largest dahlia attracted green fingered gardeners from across East Anglia as the Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society's annual summer flower show was held on Saturday and Sunday > at Pontins Holiday Centre in Pakefield.

THERE were flowers and vegetables of all colours, shapes and sizes on display at a popular show at the weekend.

A competition to find the world's largest dahlia attracted green fingered gardeners from across East Anglia as the Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society's annual summer flower show was held on Saturday and Sunday > at Pontins Holiday Centre in Pakefield.

And once again, organisers and committee members hailed it as “a very successful show” with over 500 entries of flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and photographs.

Following on from the showcasing of the largest onion ever grown in the region at last year's show, organisers revealed that this year's event would be the “best ever.”

And locals weren't disappointed as the Norfolk & Suffolk Dahlia Society members exhibited an excellent show of dahlias, which included “The Largest Dahlia in the World” class that was won by Ivan Kilbourn of Diss.

Other award winners were as follows:

Rachel Gurney Dahlia Trophy - Olive Baldry

Cyril Richards Challenge Cup - Derek Fairhead

Don Tyson Challenge Cup - Basil Goldspink

The Mitchell Cup for a Single Dahlia - Derek Fairhead

Garden News Challenge Shield for Flowers - John Thomson

Vera Oldman Trophy for Fuchsias - Lynn Lewis

Dr Taylor Memorial Challenge Cup for Pot Plants - Frank Mortimer

The Corner Shop Challenge Cup for Floral Art - Frank Mortimer

The H Capon Challenge Trophy for Cookery - Lynn Lewis

Lowestoft Country Market Trophy for handicrafts - Hetty Strahan

Certificate of Merit for best photograph - Alana Smith.

The National Vegetable Society Medal and Award for best Vegetable Exhibit was won by John Pretty who, despite being in his eighties and with over 50 years showing experience, was able to beat off all competition in the Onion Class.

YOUNG GARDENERS WINNERS

Giant Pumpkin - Maisie Alger

Dahlia - Maisie Alger

Gladioli - Roseanne Marshall

Foliage Pot Plant - Luke Smith

Flowering Pot Plant - Jack Bergin, whose exhibit was judged to be the best Young Gardener's Section.

Fuchsia - Luke Smith

Cactus - Maisie Alger

Pot plant grown from a seed - Luke Smith

Pot plant grown from a cutting - Luke Smith

Dahlia growing in a bucket - Luke Smith

2 Carrots - Roseanne Marshall

3 runner Beans - Luke Smith

3 Tomatoes - Maisie Alger

The Longest Runner Bean - Maisie Alger

The Trophy Class (Display of carrots, Runner beans, Potatoes and Onion) - Patrick Richardson

Craft - Maisie Alger

Cookery - Maisie Alger.

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