Full of bloom at the Ellon show

Trophy winners and guests at Ellon Flower Show in Victoria Hall.
Trophy winners and guests at Ellon Flower Show in Victoria Hall.

ELLON’s Victoria Hall was ablaze with colour on Saturday for the 29th annual flower showw.

Club chairperson Helen Smillie thanked everyone for entering and attending the show, as well as everyone who had helped in any way with the organisation.

She welcomed local councillor Gillian Owen, who opened the event, congratulating the exhibitors on the high standard of entries, despite the weather, and thanked all the committee for their hard work getting ready for the show.

She then presented the trophies, including the Individual trophies, given by Stephen & Mary Burnett, for best exhibit in each class.

Two new sponsors, Wiltshire Farm Foods and Loch-hills Plant Centre, were thanked for their support.

Honorary President, Bob Duncan, announced the trophy winners and remarked on the high standard of entries, despite the recent weather.

Local winners included past chairman Wattie Gill, who won Most Points and Best Exhibit in Wine and Most Points in Fruit; Vegetable Convener Eddie Hay who had Most Points in Pot Plants and Best Exhibit in both OAP entry and Annuals, Trophy Convener Jim Forgie who won Best Exhibit Sweet Peas and the Quaich in memory of George and Di Thom, awarded for Best Exhibit hanging basket.

New Convener Jack Grant won Best Exhibit Fuschias, Floral Art Convener, Barbara Adams took Best Exhibit Herbaceous while Handicraft Convener Barbara Reid won Most Points in Handicrafts. Show stalwart Margaret Parley won Best Exhibit in Begonias, Pot Plants and collection of 4 Pot Plants, while Raffle Convener John Pirie had Most Points in Cut Flowers.

Moira Hunter again held on to Most Points in Baking and newcomer Carol Proudlock took Most Points, Best Exhibit novice and Best Exhibit overall in Floral Art as well as Best in Show.

Other trophy winners, from outside Ellon, included Doug Gerrard, Cruden Bay winning Best Exhibit Vegetables; Sandy Davidson from Tarves who won Most Points in Vegetables, Best Exhibit Tomatoes, Best Exhibit Fruit and Most Points combined Pot Plants, Cut Flowers, Vegetables and Fruit.

Alice Sinclair from Old Meldrum won best Exhibit Crochet. Local girls Ellie and Lilly Shewan won prizes in the children’s section for Best Exhibit in Children’s section and a Model Garden while Ardallie Primary picked up the Inter School Award.

Gillian Forrest, show organiser, said that entries had been received from all over the area and beyond and confirmed that becoming an open show had, once again, been very successful.

She thanked everyone involved, including the local traders and people who had donated the raffle prizes and tombola.