Jaws-dropping! Flower show is bloomin’ great

FROM a prize-winning shark to a victorious Victoria sandwich, there was definitely something for everyone at the 38th Denshaw Flower Show.

Indeed, with its exhibits of marvellous marrows, choice chutneys, fabulous fruit loaf and nifty needlework, this annual community event is more than a showcase for growing beautiful blooms.

The addition of a scarecrow competition two years ago has ensured an even more extensive prize list to go with a weighty programme of 75 categories. Not that exhibitors get rich with a top prize of £2 for top of the class winners.

But the event, hosted at Denshaw Village Hall, is very much all about taking part. Seven-year-old Branden Buckley did just that and scooped two cups.

Chris Shaw snapped up the accolade for ‘best scarecrow’ as judged by the village for his impressive person eating Den-shark! He’s already planning his entry for 2020 subject to wife’s approval.

‘Jaws’ overcame some tough competition including Forest Gump, the Denshaw tickler and even a flag waving Boris Johnson on a zip wire. Barrie and Christina Evans, mine hosts at the Junction Inn, have championed and organised the ‘crow event.

Head of sales, Iain Blackwood-Hobbs with his prize-winning vegan cake

Even Independent head of sales, Iain Blackwood-Hobbs, baked one of the host of prize winning cakes to claim his £2.

Saddleworth North and South councillors, Pam Byrne and John Hudson, presented the prizes at a packed village hall.

Malcolm Evans FNVS judged the flowers and vegetables; Kath Stone and Margaret Ramsbottom, the children’s home produce and flower arranging competitions.

The ever-popular event is expected to raise hundreds of pounds for the village and local organisations as even raffle ticket sellers ran out of tickets!

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