Riot of colour at Shadwell show

BUMPER CROP: Jean Edwards with some of the produce at Shadwell Horticultural Societys show.
BUMPER CROP: Jean Edwards with some of the produce at Shadwell Horticultural Societys show.
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Shadwell Horticultural Society’s 71st annual show was a riot of colour.

The Shadwell flower, craft and vegetable show at Main Street last month also included a scarecrow competition, Corpus Christi brass band and vintage tractors. Society president Colin Edwards, 83, said: “One of the things I thought was good about this year’s show was the number of new, younger faces. Visitors ranged from toddlers to people in their nineties.”

The main prize, the David E Lister Trophy, was awarded to show secretary Malcolm Bond. It is named after the society’s former chairman who died last year.

The National Vegetable Society Medal and Certificate for the best exhibit in the vegetable classes was also presented to Mr B Townend, while the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal awarded for gaining the most points in all horticultural classes was won by Graham Dodd.

The show has blossomed from a being a ‘button hole competition’ in 1947 into an event with 164 classes and more than 900 entries. The society has more than 100 members.

But Mr Edwards said the society needed some younger members to get involved. The society holds talks on horticultural topics in the Methodist Church on Main Street on the second Thursday of each month during the winter months. Its programme starts at 7.30pm on October 12 with a gardeners’ question time. Anyone interested in joining should write to membership secretary Ann Suter, 11b West Park Grove, Leeds, LS8 2HQ. The YEP has been asked to point out that the show is organised by Shadwell Horticultural Society, not the Leeds Horticultural Society as stated in a previous edition.

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