The show goes on

A POPULAR north Northumberland show will return this year after the unexpected death of a stalwart organiser meant it was cancelled last year.

North Sunderland and Seahouses Gardening Association’s 29th Annual Open Show should have been held in September 2010 but the sudden death of the long-term secretary Peter Henderson the week before meant it had to be called off.

However, the 17 members of the committee have overcome a range of problems to make sure the show will go ahead on Saturday, September 3 this year.

Peter carried out most of the organisation and his untimely death left a large skills gap to fill.

This was made worse by a flood during the winter, which destroyed many of the paper records, prize cards and show supplies.

Since then the committee has appointed a new secretary and treasurer and received a grant of £515 from Berwick Borough Housing’s Community Fund.

In addition a member of Peter’s family donated his laptop and printer, which have proved invaluable in organising this year’s show.

New secretary Lorraine Douglas said: “We knew this would be a huge challenge as Peter organised the show every year and it was only when we came to do it ourselves from scratch that we realised how much time he spent on it.

“However the members of the committee and the local community have been wonderful proving what a popular spectacle this event is for residents.

“Without the additional funding and laptop it is unlikely the show would have taken place, as the committee would be unable to afford the considerable commercial printing costs.”

Held in the newly-revamped Seahouses Sports and Community Centre there are over 140 classes covering vegetable, flower, bakery, handicraft and art sections. Separate categories are open to children from four to 13. For those who struggle to meet the standard there are disaster classes for vegetables, bakery and handicrafts.

Entries may be staged between 9am and noon on the day of the show or on the Friday evening at the exhibitor’s own risk.

The show is open to the public from 2.30pm, with a fund-raising auction of exhibits at 3.30pm.