Bloomin’ good turnout at chrusanthemum show

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. John Simpson of Stickney with his Bronze Medal and Stan Dale's Medal winning Chrysanthemums.
Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. John Simpson of Stickney with his Bronze Medal and Stan Dale's Medal winning Chrysanthemums.

Glorious blooms and giant vegetables delighted visitors to the popular annual Spilsby and district Chrysanthemum Show,

More than 260 exhibits filled Franklin Hall over two days - Friday and Saturday - last week.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Mary Mackinder of Toynton St Peter with her display that won Best Floral Art.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Mary Mackinder of Toynton St Peter with her display that won Best Floral Art.

As well as the judging of the blooms, there was chrysanthemum floral art, baking, arts and crafts displays, and a special project from Stickney Primary School in which children were challenged to decorate a wooden spoon as a fictional character.

Margaret Simpson, secretary of the society, said it was a “wonderful” show.

In particular, she said the new children’s display proved very popular and a lot of hard work had been put into it.

She said: “The winners of the school project were presented with their trophy in morning assembly after the show so everyone could see how well they had done.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Richard Mason looking at the displays.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Richard Mason looking at the displays.

“They did a marvellous job.”

Overall, Margaret said the society was delighted with how the show went. “Especially impressive were the vegetables - we had some giant ones, and we also ran a competition for the heaviest onion,” she said.

“We had a steady flow of visitors too, in spite of the rain on the Saturday.”

One reason for the popularity could be shows such as this are dwindling. “There are now only two shows left in the county - the other one is at Mablethorpe,” said Margaret.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Margaret Simpson and John Simpson.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Margaret Simpson and John Simpson.

“It’s lack of helpers more than anything. We are just lucky we have so many family members who come together and help us.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Geoff and Annette Sharp with their Chrysanthemums.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Geoff and Annette Sharp with their Chrysanthemums.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Ted Blackbourne of Coningsby

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Ted Blackbourne of Coningsby

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Mary Snowden of Halton Holegate -chairman of Spilsby Flower Club.

Spilsby and District Chrysanthemum Show. Mary Snowden of Halton Holegate -chairman of Spilsby Flower Club.