Getting back to our Victorian roots with 152nd flower and vegetable show

From left, Mayor Coun. Richard Porthouse, Winner Jim Dunnett (Leaks) Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.
From left, Mayor Coun. Richard Porthouse, Winner Jim Dunnett (Leaks) Mayoress Patricia Porthouse.

A South Tyneside leek show dating back to Victorian times was staged for the 152nd time at the weekend, and its organisers reckon this year’s event was the best yet.

Monkton Leek, Vegetable and Floral Society was founded in 1863, making it one of the oldest horticultural societies in the UK, so outdoing a century and a half’s worth of previous shows is a tall order, but this year’s judges reckon 2015’s entries have pulled off that feat.

Lord Nelson Flower Show....Tom Powell, Chairman

Lord Nelson Flower Show....Tom Powell, Chairman

Billy Whitehead, secretary of the society for over 30 years, said: “It’s the best one we have ever done.

“It’s been a good turnout of a couple of thousand people over the weekend.

“The weather has been lovely and sunny.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Richard Porthouse, opened the event on Saturday, and visitors were able to enjoy its displays yesterday.

Lord Nelson Flower Show ....Giant Onion Lesley Huntley.

Lord Nelson Flower Show ....Giant Onion Lesley Huntley.

The show’s exhibitors certainly knew their onions, and leeks, cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots and flowers also came under scrutiny at the event held in the grounds of the Lord Nelson pub in Monkton Village, Jarrow.

Winning entries included Jimmy Dunnett’s leeks, Tommy Powell’s long carrots and cauliflowers, Peter Dawson’s pink celery and Ken Tollet’s spray chrysanthemums.

Lord Nelson Flower Show ....Assistant Judges Rob Hall & Charles Clark

Lord Nelson Flower Show ....Assistant Judges Rob Hall & Charles Clark

Lord Nelson Flower Show ...Top Judge John Soulsby.

Lord Nelson Flower Show ...Top Judge John Soulsby.

Lord Nelson Flower Show, William Whitehead and  Grandad Billy Whitehead.

Lord Nelson Flower Show, William Whitehead and Grandad Billy Whitehead.

Lord Nelson Flower Show

Lord Nelson Flower Show

william and billy whitehead

william and billy whitehead