Hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety serve up a feast of fare at the show

The Arran Banner - - News - Words and pic­tures by COLIN SMEETON

Af­ter months of hard work, green-fin­gered en­thu­si­asts reaped the re­wards of their labours at the well at­tended prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony at the Isle of Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural Show last Wed­nes­day.

Award­ing the prizes, as well as the new­est cup cat­e­gory, was Gill Gre­gory, wife of Eric Gre­gory, a long-stand­ing par­tic­i­pant at the show who passed away last Novem­ber af­ter many years of com­pet­ing in the veg­etable grow­ing sec­tions.

Fun sec­tion

Flow­ers, fruit and veg­eta­bles, as well as flo­ral ar­range­ments and pro­duce from en­trants’ har­vests were dis­played in the com­mu­nity the­atre, while ad­di­tional cat­e­gories such as bak­ing, hand­crafts and pho­tog­ra­phy were on dis­play in the cafe­te­ria area.

A pop­u­lar and fun sec- tion for chil­dren also took place in the cafe­te­ria, with more than 21 cat­e­gories for them to com­pete in, rang­ing from flo­ral ar­range­ments to bak­ing and toy-mak­ing.

Dom­i­nat­ing the veg­etable cat­e­gory and win­ner of five of the six tro­phies avail­able, John O’Sul­li­van once again pro­duced a huge va­ri­ety of ex­hibits from his gar­den, many of which are grown to show-stan­dard in one me­tre long PVC tubes. In the cut flow­ers cat­e­gory Mairi Turn­bull and Mal­colm Wheeler vied for the most first places and while Mal­colm took the Bank of Scot­land Cup for the best sweet peas in the show, Mairi took the Sil­ver Vase for her rose ex­hibit.

In the pot plant sec­tion which filled the en­tire the­atre with a flo­ral aroma, were the lil­i­ums of Iain Hendry whose brother Charles won the Roy Ure tray for his fuch­sias which were in full and mag­nif­i­cent bloom.

Tak­ing two tro­phies in the dec­o­ra­tive ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing best in sec­tion was May Craw­ford whose ‘Trop­i­cal Storm’ and ‘Spice it Up’ ar­range­ments both won first places.

Mouth-wa­ter­ing

In the bak­ing sec­tion, Jo Totty took the Mrs F C Hen­der­sons Tro­phy for most points in the sec­tion thanks to her win­ning quiches, Coburg cakes and her ba­nana loaf.

This fiercely-con­tested sec­tion saw an en­tire tres­tle ta­ble filled with a mouth-wa­ter­ing ar­ray of of­fer­ings in­clud­ing baked goods from Morag Murchie whose name fre­quently ap­pears in the top three po­si­tion list.

Best ex­hibit in the hand­i­craft sec­tion was awarded to Deb­o­rah Robert­son of Shisk­ine, whose knit­ting fea­tured promi­nently in the show, along with Nancy Brem­ner and Morag Gard­ner who both ex­hib­ited var­i­ous knit­ted and cro­cheted items.

Earn­ing themselves ad­di­tional pocket money with the prize money awarded in the chil­dren’s cat­e­gories were Olivia and Ava McNe­ice who won the M F Murchie Cup with their minia­ture gar­den, while Darcy Brown took the Jim Cas­sels most mer­i­to­ri­ous prize.

At the end of the prize­giv­ing, the raf­fle was held. So­ci­ety pres­i­dent John Sil­lars thanked all of the en­trants for the con­tri­bu­tions and for the out­stand­ing qual­ity of en­tries on dis­play.

*Full pic­ture re­port and re­sults of the show on the fol­low­ing pages.

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All of the tro­phy win­ners at the Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety sum­mer show.

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Lily Glover took var­i­ous first place prizesn in the chil­dren’s cat­e­gory.

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