Green-fingered residents win annual gardening award

The Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, and the Mayoress, Patricia Porthouse, with the winners of the contest.
The Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, and the Mayoress, Patricia Porthouse, with the winners of the contest.

Green-fingered residents of South Tyneside have seen their garden work recognised after wowing the judges.

Garrard Deignan, 86, of Hill Park Road, Jarrow, and Jim McMillan, of Charles Street, Jarrow, have won this year’s South Tyneside Shoots of Success gardening competition.

My dad and all the family are more than chuffed that he has won

Bridie Deignan

The annual contest is in its fifth year, and Mr Deignan impressed the panel with a spectacular floral display.

Mr McMillan, meanwhile, was entered into the competition by his wife, for whom he created an outdoor haven.

The competition is organised by South Tyneside Homes and is open to all residents, as well as South Tyneside Homes tenants

It recognises those who have worked hard and taken great pride in keeping their garden in superb condition.

Mr Deignan’s daughter Bridie said: “My dad and all the family are more than chuffed that he has won.

“Winning for him wasn’t important – he simply takes great pride in everything he does.

“Gardening gives him a lot of pleasure and it is wonderful he has received some recognition.”

The winners were invited to a reception at Jarrow Town Hall, where they were presented with their prizes, including supermarket shopping vouchers, a floral gift, and certificate, by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.

Mr McMillian said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won. I can’t quite believe it, to be honest, as I only found out I was entered into the competition the other week. But I will definitely be entering again next year.”

Prizes were also handed out to Lynne Rundle, of Trent Avenue, in Hebburn, Keith Charlton, of Drake Close, in South Shields, Doreen McColl, in Hebburn, Arne Tarrland, of Bruce Close, in South Shields, and Betty Price, of Greenlands, in Jarrow.

The panel of judges included the Mayor and Mayoress alongside Brian Scott, director of finance and support services, and Gary Kirsop, director of housing and area management.