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SEATON: Flower show is big hit

Thursday, 21 August 2014

FROM six-year-old Tilly Adkin to 91-year-old Eileen Boalch, age was no barrier to success in the 89th annual Beer & Horticultural Society Flower Show at the Mariners’ Hall in Beer. Young Tilly was the proud winner of two cups at the show having taken part in the Lego model, wild flowers and painting on a pebble competitions. That gave her top spot overall in the children’s classes and she lifted the Chambers Cup. Eileen was delight to finish joint first with Bob Passey in the Challenge Cup thanks to her entry of cherry tomatoes, courgettes and runner beans. “It is the first time I have won this cup and I am delighted,” said Eileen. Multiple winner Bob picked up awards in almost 10 classes and was particularly proud of his onions. Another youngster to impress was seven-year-old Sienna Arbourne, who won three prizes for her exceptional miniature garden, vase of flowers and best picture. “The number of entries was slightly down on last year but the quality of the ones we got were very impressive,” said organiser Ursula Makepeace. “I was also delighted to see that we had more visitors to the show than in any previous years, which was very encouraging.” Ann Robinson will remember the 2014 show as it marked her debut and she walked away with the cup for the best lady newcomer. “I have lived in the village for 15 years but this is the first time I have entered the competition and I only finally made up my mind the night before to do the flower arranging,” said Ann. WINNERS Day Cup: shared by Eileen Boalch & Bob Passey; Laverack Cup: Julie Barrett; Mayer Cup: John Lang; Whitney Rose Bowl & Gift from Bay View Craft Shop: Ann Robinson; Asquith Cup: Nikky Oswald; Thorn Cup: George Bastone; Nigel Morton Cup: George Bastone; Golden Jubilee Shield: Ann Robinson; Coronation Cup: Vic Bartlett; Beer Allotment Shield: Bob Passey; Dahlia Cup: John Lang; Arthur Miller Cup: Ursula Makepeace; Gunn Cup: George Bastone; Gift from James Absalom for most outstanding exhibit in classes 73-84: John Lang; Kenneth Richardson Morton Cup: Monty Laptin; W. Baston Cup: George Bastone; Jean Davies Cup: Vic Bartlett; Eyles Family Trophy (overall winner in children’s classes): Tilly Adkin; Chambers Cup (Class 106): Sophie Absalom; Chambers Cup (Class 107): No entry; Otter Nurseries Award for children aged 6 and under: Tilly Adkin; Beer Horticultural Society Shields: a) Tilly Adkin, b) Sienna Arbourne; Haynes Cup: shared by Avril Cook & Lyn Ransom; Self Cup: Julie Barrett; May Wakley Cup: Julie Barrett; Sperrin-Meyer Rose Bowl: Nikky Owald; Wright Trophy: Jenny Fishlock; Peter Owen Cup: Bob Passey; Makepeace Cup: Patricia Macmahon; Fore Street Cup: Vivian Steer-Heath for 2 Brooklyn Villas; Beer Lady with most points in Show: Julie Barrett; Wendy Underwood Cup: Mr Somers; Beer Village Forum Shield: The Dolphin Hotel; Wendy Underwood Cup: Mr and Mrs Somers.

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