Best of flowers and veg on show at South Shields event

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Molly Smith, 11 with Mayor Coun. Richard Porthouse.
FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Molly Smith, 11 with Mayor Coun. Richard Porthouse.

Beautiful beetroots and delightful dahlias were just some of the colourful produce on show in South Tyneside.

The annual South Tyneside Flower and Vegetable Show was held at Temple Park centre in South Shields, on Saturday.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Public member smells the flowers.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Public member smells the flowers.

Seventy exhibitors submitted 209 flower entries and 236 vegetable offerings into the competition which is run by the South Tyneside Flower and Veg Society in conjunction with the council.

Judges then spent more than four hours picking out the winners for the 81 classes as more than 200 members or the public marvelled at the goods on offer,

Gary Frazer, one of the event organisers, said: “The flower and veg show is still 
as popular as ever, with entrant numbers steadily going up.

“The great think about Temple Park is we can control the temperature for the produce, so while it’s chilly for us it’s ideal for the fruit and veg, and it means they don’t deteriorate.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

“Leeks are always the most popular category, it’s a very serious business, growers put a lot of time and effort in.

“We’re hoping that younger generations will get involved next year, and perhaps more women too. We’re thinking about bringing back a jam and cake competition which might appeal to more people.”

John Lionel Stewart from Gateshead took first prize for his two pot leeks – one of the most prestigious titles – which also saw him win £100.

The Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, thoroughly enjoyed himself at the event with his wife and Mayoress Patricia.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Alan Gregg with winning Dhalia's

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Alan Gregg with winning Dhalia's

He said: “It was a pleasure to attend this year’s show, as I got the chance to see the fantastic flowers and vegetables the borough’s talented green-fingered residents had grown in their gardens and allotments.

“Gardening is a great way to keep active and it gives people a great sense of satisfaction and achievement. I was thrilled to see so many keen gardeners taking part and many more locals and visitors to South Tyneside enjoying the event’s breadth of colour and variety of home-grown produce.”

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Dennis Gray with 2nd price winning beetroot.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Dennis Gray with 2nd price winning beetroot.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Eric Usher with giant leak, 9th Place.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Eric Usher with giant leak, 9th Place.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show, Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Public member smells the flowers.

FLOWER SHOW ...Temple Park Flower Show. Public member smells the flowers.