Resounding success for Flower Show
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