Summer show is hailed a colourful success

113133_HAYLING_SHOW_03/09/11''Jane Lloyd and Abigail Lloyd (15months) look at the winning Dahlia display. ''Hayling Island Horticultural Association annual summer show at Hayling Island Community Centre.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113133-483)
113133_HAYLING_SHOW_03/09/11''Jane Lloyd and Abigail Lloyd (15months) look at the winning Dahlia display. ''Hayling Island Horticultural Association annual summer show at Hayling Island Community Centre. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113133-483)
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Organisers and judges of Hayling Island’s annual summer show have praised the ‘very high standard’ of entries this year.

The Hayling Island Horticultural Society – which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2011 – once again held its biggest show of the year at the Hayling Island Community Association Centre, in Station Road.

Focusing mainly on different species of dahlia and vegetables, the show saw hundreds of people turn up in the sunshine.

The dahlia championship was won by Roy Harding, with Ruth Moore winning the Banksian Medal for the most prize money. The Cleeve Salver for most points in the cookery went to Pauline Johns, and the Floral Art was won by Joan Ramsbottom. Arthur Cooper won the Skipper Trophy for the heaviest onion.

Gill Swift, the society’s show recorder, told The News she had been impressed by the quality of many entries.

‘There really were some enormous vegetables,’ she said. ‘It was quite amazing. We always get a good turnout and this year was no different.

‘It helps that the weather was good.’