LITTLE Branden Buckley was feted as the cream of the crop when he scooped up most points at Delph’s annual horticultural show (writes Ken Bennett)
The seven-year-old Delph Primary School pupil produced a stunning miniature garden and colourful floral display for the village’s 91st horticultural and craft society show.
Councillor John Hudson, a former mayor of Oldham, presented the prizes at the Methodist Hall, Gartside Street.
He said: “The Delph show keeps a tremendous Saddleworth tradition alive.
“It ensures local traditions remain very much part of village life in our communities.
“And in turn these go on to become part of the wider picture benefitting Oldham and beyond,” he added.
Despite mixed weather there were some strong entries. A committee spokesperson said: “It is wonderful to see youngsters contesting the different classes. They are laying down a marker for the future.”
Branden, pictured with mum Jill Davies, is a member of Delph’s gardening club at the village school.
Last year, his creativity and flair earned him the top award for the best exhibit in a keenly-contested show.
This year’s prize winners: FC Memorial Cup: Norma Race; Hollingsworth Cup: John Moon; Shirley MD Cup: Anne Smith; Sue Lund Cup: Poppy Garlick; Delph Cup: Trevor Worthington.
Henry Moore Cup (Cl 1): Trevor Worthington; Henry Moore Cup (Cl 4): Jenny Wood; The Leek Cup: Trevor Worthington; June and Glen Wood Cup (Cl 9): Alan Wood.
J Pogson Cup: Val Durose; Dale Harrison Trophy: Ann Smith; Gladioli Cup: Ann Smith; G Kershaw Cup: Jenny Wood; R. Mallalieu Vase 1: Gill Davies, R. Mallalieu Vase 2: Ann Smith.
The Handicraft Cup: Paul Sykes; Trophy (most points): Branden Buckley; Trophy (best in show): Poppy Garlick.
Next year’s show is August 22.