Re­sound­ing suc­cess for Flower Show

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ @kate­lal­lyx

THE 87th South­port Flower Show was a huge suc­cess, with an es­ti­mated 80,000 vis­i­tors to Vic­to­ria Park over the four days.

The an­nual show was opened by TV le­gends John Craven and Char­lie Dim­mock.

The pop­u­lar broad­cast­ers for­mally de­clared the start of the four­day sea­side event, part­nered by Ever­est, on Thurs­day.

And they weren’t the only celebrities at the show; the line-up in­cluded some of Bri­tain’s best­known gar­den­ing ex­perts and stars of Chil­dren’s TV Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom.

As well as the fa­mous floral dis­plays, the show had a packed pro­gramme of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a Minecraft fan con­ven­tion and top stars from chil­dren’s TV.

Fri­day saw a sold-out Ladies Day take place, with Radio City pre­sen­ter Claire Simmo and ITV’s Paul Crone host­ing the glam­orous event.

Claire wowed the packed mar­quee with an end­less stream of ban­ter. The high­lights of the ladies’ day event in­cluded belly dancers, a run­way fash­ion show, and a ‘Best Dressed Lady’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing to the Visiter, Claire, who lives in Ains­dale, said: “To­day has been fab­u­lous; full of gor­geous ladies... and Paul, of course!

“[My third Ladies’ Day] was a great day out in South­port, de­spite the rain, and we have raised a lot of money for the Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion, too.”

Love Your Gar­den pre­sen­ter David Domoney was at the show, and he gave our re­porters some un­usual gar­den­ing tips. He said: “Wa­ter is one of the key things to stop any­thing wilt­ing, but there’s been re­search about the im­pact of vi­a­gra on plants. Also, ba­nanas are good for roses, and rusty nails are good for rhodo­den­drons.”

The ‘Magic Ball Man’ Steve Bullen at the show

Sue Spencer with grand­daugh­ter So­phie, 5, and daugh­ter Lyn­d­sey

Gina Stacey and Robert Hay­ward take a rest on the Jean Alexan­der me­mo­rial bench

Vis­i­tors ad­mir­ing the plants in the Ama­teur Mar­quee

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