Video - Pensioner scoops a gardening prize for the 30th year in a row

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Green-fingered Dennis Shaw won his first horticultural prize aged just ten when he was at school.

Now aged 82, Dennis’ hobby has continued to blossom - and he’s been crowned winner of Hull In Bloom again, after first winning the prize in 1986. His creative cultivation for this year’s entry included a symphony of yellow roses, asters, carnations and dahlias, caught the eyes of the judges once more. “From daisies to dandelions, all flowers are beautiful and I love them all,” he said.


Balthazar the Blue Great Dane weighs  15 STONE and is seven-foot long, the size of a baby elephant. Shocked vets at a practice in Bilborough believe he could even be a contender for the heaviest dog in the country. See News Team story NTIDOG; Meet Britain's heaviest dog - a seven-foot Great Dane who weighs the same as a baby ELEPHANT. Five-year-old Balthazar stunned his owners when he tipped the scales at more than 15 STONE during a recent trip to the vets. The Blue Great Dane measures a whopping 3ft 3in (1m) from his paw to his shoulder but is 7ft (2.1m) from his nose to his tail. Owners Vinnie, 46, and Dixie Monte-Irvine, 39, were shocked when they took Balthazar to the vets last week and the scales clocked a whopping 15st 6lb (99.3kg). The gigantic Great Dane lives with Vinnie and Dixie and their three children Francesca, 11, Gloria, four, and two-year-old Tyrion at their detached home in Gedling, Nottingham.

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