Tremendous tulips, delightful daffodils and scrumptious scones helped make this year’s Alnwick Spring Show a real treat, as the popular event celebrated a birthday milestone.
The annual feast of fabulous flowers and brilliant baking marked its 10th anniversary and the 2016 extravaganza has been described as ‘spectacular’.
Exhibitors from all over the region submitted high-class entries to Saturday’s event, while show-goers packed into the town’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre to catch a glimpse. It was a fitting turnout for the show’s special year. And it once again proved that the popular event is a much-loved fixture in the calendar and has gone from strength to strength since starting a decade ago.
Reflecting on this year’s extravaganza, show co-ordinator Gill Starkey said: “This was our 10th anniversary show and it was an absolutely spectacular event this year. We had showers and growers from all over the North East, from as far away as York and Darlington and southern Scotland. It was absolutely amazing and we had flowers by the mile. I’d like to thank everybody who brought something along to show, grow and eat. It made our anniversary show a really special event.”
Saturday’s show featured the usual floral art, cookery, sugarcraft, daffodil, tulip and spring flower classes, as well as children’s sections, but there were also a number of special categories to mark the birthday.
There was an anniversary daffodil class – open to anyone within a 20-mile radius of Alnwick – encouraging people to submit a vase of six daffodils of at least two different varieties.
The show also recruited around 40 novice daffodil growers. Last autumn, each of them was given a bulb and a set of instructions on how to grow a specimen daffodil for the show. These novices duly submitted a fine set of flowers from these novices on show day.
The bulbs were all kindly donated by Frank Charlton, local grower and prize-winning exhibitor of daffodils. Rosettes and special awards were presented by show patron, the Duchess of Northumberland.
Gill has thanked everyone who helped and supported this year’s show. For details, visit the show website.
Floral art shield: Vivien Boulton. Best daffodil, classes 6-11: Jeff Smith. Best entry in class 5a, 5b & 5c: Gillian Blackmoor. Class 6 winner: Jeff Smith. Amateur Daffodil Championship Class: Geoff Gardener. Best daffodil in classes 16-29: David Parker. Duchess of Northumberland Championship Class: Geoff Watson. Best exhibit in classes 37-45: Gill Starkey. Best cookery exhibit: Liz Young. Most points in cookery classes: Liz Young. Most points in children’s cookery classes, 10 & under: Finlay Allan. Most points in children’s cookery classes, 11 to 16: Isla Browell.
Floral art – Open: 1 V Boulton; 2 E Davidson; 3 V Murphy. Amateur: 1 L Thompson; 2 F Cook; 3 E Woodward. Beginner: 1 A Leech; 2 J Hall; 3 V Bennett. Junior: 1 S Colgan-McKnight; 2 J Fennell; 3 G Lance.
Novice daffodil, Desdemona: 1 C Purdom; 2 Y Durham; 3 J Hall. Novice daffodil, Unique: 1 G Blackmoor; 2 S King; 3 H Thompson. Six daffodils: 1 J Smith; 2 R Thompson; 3 G Watson. Three daffodils, yellow: 1 J Smith; 2 G Starkey; 3 R Thompson. Three daffodils, orange or red corona: 1 J Smith; 2 R Thompson; 3 T Allan. White daffodil: 1 G Watson; 2 J Smith; 3 P Hewitt. Double daffodil: 1 J Smith; 2 G Starkey; 3 D Bonser. Three miniature daffodils: 1 V Colgan; 2 G Starkey; 3 M Mabon. One tulip: 1 G Watson; 2 D Bonser; 3 M Smith. Two tulips: 1 G Watson; 2 M Mayfield; 3 M Smith. Three tulips: 1 M Mayfield; 2 G Watson; 3 G Starkey.
Six daffodils: 1 G Gardener; 2 M Robinson; 3 J Smith.
Three vases: 1 G Gardener; 2 M Robinson; 3 J Smith. Six vases: 1 M Robinson; 2 G Gardener; 3 J Smith. Palette of seven: 1 J Smith; 2 S Wilson; 3 M Robinson. Cultivar, division one: 1 G Gardener; 2 M Robinson; 3 C Cochrane. Cultivar, division two: 1 G Gardener; 2 J Smith; 3 R Thompson. Cultivar, division three: 1 D Parker; 2 S Wilson; 3 J Smith. Cultivar, division four: 1 D Parker; 2 G Gardener; 3 D Brennan. Cultivar, divisions eight to 11: 1 M Robinson; 2 D Brennan; 3 D Parker. Three daffodils in vase: 1 D Parker; 2 M Robinson; 3 D Brennan. Three daffodils, divisons five to seven: 1 D Brennan; 2 G Starkey; 3 P Holmes. Bowl of miniature daffodils: 1 M Robinson; 2 P Holmes; 3 D Parker. Basket of daffodils: 1 M Robinson; 2 G Watson; 3 D Parker. Three miniature, divisions one, two or three: 1 S Wilson; 2 P Holmes; 3 R Thompson. Three miniature, divisions four to 13: 1 P Holmes; 2 M Robinson; 3 D Parker.
Three vases: 1 G Watson; 2 D Parker; 3 M Smith. Palette of seven: 1 G Watson; 2 S Wilson; 3 P Holmes. Vase of three: 1 M Smith; 2 D Parker; 3 M Mayfield. One red or pink: 1 J Cochrane; 2 S Wilson; 3 D Bonser. One yellow or white: 1 M Smith; 2 D Parker; 3 S Wilson. Any other colour: 1 S Wilson; 2 P Holmes; 3 M Mayfield. Bowl of five: 1 H Sim; 2 C Turnbull; 3 P Holmes.
Spring flowers in basket: 1 J Pearson. Spring flowers in bowl: 1 G Aynsley; 2 T Hunting. Bowl of floating flowers: 1 V Colgan; 2 T Hunting; 3 T Allan. Vase of flowers from a shrub: 1 M Mayfield; 2 M Murphy; 3 M Robinson. Amaryllis: 1 G Starkey; 2 C Turnbull; 3 J Cochrane. Flowering pot plant: 1 P Holmes; 2 M Reed; 3 G Starkey.
Rock plant in flower: 1 D Brennan; 2 C Turnbull. Sempervivum: 1 G Starkey; 2 M Murphy; 3 D Brennan. Primula: 1 J Cochrane; 2 V Colgan; 3 H Sim.
Floral head circlet: 1 B Graham; 2 E Davidson; 3 M Mabon.
Novelty cake: 1 B Graham; 2 M Mabon; 3 J Pearson. Victoria sandwich: 1 R Browell; 2 G Browell; 3 L Young. Carrot cake: 1 P Hewitt; 2 M Mabon; 3 V Colgan. Lemon drizzle cake: 1 P Hewitt; 2 M Reed; 3 L Young. Date and walnut cake: 1 P Hewitt; 2 R Browell; 3 S Garrett. Gingerbread: 1 V Colgan; 2 C Turnbull; 3 L Young. Shortbread: 1 V Colgan.
Cherry cake: 1 R Browell; 2 P Hewitt; 3 J Moses. Chocolate cake: 1 G Browell; 2 R Browell; 3 L Young. Cup cakes: 1 J Moses; 2 I Browell; 3 J Pearson. Apple tart: 1 J Moses. Fruit scones: 1 L Young; 2 V Colgan; 3 J Moses. Savoury scones: 1 L Young; 2 J Moses; 3 V Colgan. Savoury quiche: 1 C Turnbull; 2 J Moses; 3 J Payne. Wholemeal loaf: 1 S Anderson; 2 R Browell; 3 G Browell. Onion peel dyed eggs: 1 C Turnbull; 2 R Barclay-Kim; 3 M Mabon. Fancy dyed eggs: 1 L Young; 2 K Jobling; 3 D Woodruff. Marmalade: 1 G Starkey; 2 l Young; 3 C Turnbull. Lemon curd: 1 L Young; 2 M Mabon. Chutney: 1 C Turnbull; 2 T Allan; 3 L Young. Dessert in a glass: 1 L Young.
Daffodils in a jam jar: 1 H Rennie; 2 S Colgan-McKnight. Potato print, eight and under: 1 O Hirst; 2 L Pincheon; 3 B King. Seed tray garden, eight and under: 1 J Fennell; 2 J Davidson; 3 F Allan. Seed tray garden, nine to 12: 1 F Telfer; 2 H Robinson; 3 G Allan. Flowers in jam jar, nine to 12: 1 F Telfer.
10 & under. Fruit scones: 1 F Allan. Decorated cup cakes: 1 H Robinson; 2 J Price; 3 I Rennie. Mini pizza: 1 F Allan. 11 to 16. Chocolate cake: 1 I Browell; 2 D Hardy; 3 F Telfer. Fudge: 1 I Browell; 2 D Hardy; 3 F Telfer. Dessert in a glass: 1 G Allan; 2 D Hardy. Shortbread fingers: 1 F Telfer; 2 G Allan; 3 I Browell.