THE sweet smell of success was in the air as Alnwick Spring Show’s first year in a new venue was hailed the best yet.
And with exhibits of a ‘national standard’ on the tables, the move to Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre has given the event a huge boost.
A beautiful floral frieze representing the Olympics greeted visitors as they entered the sports hall.
The display, by Embleton Flower Club, was inspired by husband and wife athletes Rob and Vicky Hayles who originally lived in the village and have competed for Great Britain.
Vera Murphy, the show secretary, said: “The frieze was something we started last year and we have carried it on because of its popularity.”
Tables filled the hall with exhibits of all classes and this year’s event also saw trade stalls and refreshment’s from St James’ Church.
Chairman of the show committee, David Parker, said: “It has been exceptional.
“The support from people at the leisure centre has been phenomenal, it really had. They came in early on Saturday morning and even had all the event tables set out by Friday afternoon for us.
“The standard of exhibits has been fantastic.
“There are national standard daffodils. And the standard all over is really high.
“We had to open half-an-hour later because there were so many entries which meant the judging took longer.
“We’ve had an encouraging number of children’s exhibits as well, especially with the schools being on Easter holidays.
“We’re very pleased with the whole event.”
He added that they would like to hold the event at Willowburn again next year.
Judge Rae Beckwith added: “The standard at this show has increased every year since it first started.
“Some of the exhibits here are of a very, very high level.
“I’m really impressed with the display and it is proving that Alnwick Spring Show is the place to be.”
Philip Wallace, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was back after his success last year.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it again,” he said.
“I think it has been improved on, especially in the new venue.”
The Duchess of Northumberland, patron of the show, presented winners with their prizes at the event on Saturday afternoon.