BUMPER entries of fruit and vegetables made up for a drop in the number of flowers exhibited at the 24th Littlehampton Town Show on Saturday.
August’s cool, wet weather took its toll on the blooms, with about 20 per cent fewer staged on the benches in the large show marquee at Rosemead Open Space.
Show manager Alan Humphrey said overall there was a slight fall in entries compared with 2014, down by 19 to 632, 45 of them from children, but it was ‘another excellent show’. Fruit classes attracted 61 exhibits, the highest total for a number of years, and the children’s classes were also well supported, as were domestic and handicraft sections.
He added “I have always said the exhibitors always produce entries of a high quality and all the judges agreed with this.”
The 126 exhibitors included 26 first-timers. Several newcomers went home with trophies, including Anthony Langley, winner of the Robert Maitland Trophy for best general flower exhibit.
David Stevens was the most successful exhibitor, receiving the Parker Hannifin Cup for best in horticultural classes, Allotment Cup for vegetables, Allan Luckin Cup for collection of vegetables, Salad Bowl Trophy for collection of salads, while Mr Humphrey was himself a multiple winner, with the R. T. Page Cup for dahlias and the Dahlia Society silver and bronze medals,
The show’s recently introduced Community Classes continue to struggle to attract entries from local societies, clubs, etc and Mr Humphrey said the committee would be looking at how to boost numbers. “The purpose of this category is for any club or society, regardless of age, to work together to produce exhibits. Should anyone reading this article like further information, I am more than happy to explain the finer details,” he said. Mr Humphrey can be contacted on 01903 725009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org