Crowd and flowers flourished at Ford and Etal

The 79th Etal Flower Show was a huge success, with the sun shining and more than 600 entries across all the classes.

The event on Sunday, which brings together the whole community, had 29 new entrants. Competitors had travelled from as far afield as Tyneside, showing the true pull of this show.

The Drakes of Hazard

The Drakes of Hazard

The main event at the Etal Flower Show is of course the exhibitor marquee and this year it did not disappoint.

The organisers added new classes and the entries for these were excellent, with the children making some great miniature gardens on a plate.

The flowers, baking, vegetables and children’s classes were all on display for the attendees to view.

The key highlight outside the marquee at this year’s event was the Drakes of Hazard – a first for the Etal Flower Show. The crowd enjoyed every minute and even the kids took part in being human obstacles.

Etal Show 2015'Joyce Stevens was awarded a first with her rose Camp David that she brought over from Australia.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Etal Show 2015'Joyce Stevens was awarded a first with her rose Camp David that she brought over from Australia.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The Coldstream Pipe Band, which could be heard from all over Ford and Etal, and the companion dog show were also good pulls for the show.

The Berwick Jiu-Jitsu and Glendale Amateur Boxing clubs gave great displays in the main arena, while children took part in old-fashioned sports on the field.

Winners included Jimmy Givens collecting the Hugh Joicey memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup, which is awarded for most points in the horticultural section.

Also a winner on the day was Verity Schmid, who won the Challenge Cup for most points awarded in the children’s section. The Schmid family won the Michael Edward Joicey Family Salver, which is awarded to parents and children who collectively gain the most points throughout the show.

Etal Show 2015'Lisa Martin was first in the wholemeal loaf class where Heatherslaw Mill flour had to be used.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Etal Show 2015'Lisa Martin was first in the wholemeal loaf class where Heatherslaw Mill flour had to be used.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Publicity secretary Richard Baker said: “It was a great day and the exhibitors were outstanding in all classes.

“We would like to say a big thank-you to our sponsors, volunteers and the Joicey family for all their continued support in the show.

“Next year is our 80th show on Sunday, September 4.”

Etal Show 2015'Prizewinners Verity and Rowan Schmid.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Etal Show 2015'Prizewinners Verity and Rowan Schmid.'Picture by Jane Coltman