Bumper crop at Middleton

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There have been difficult conditions for growers, but it was another bumper year for the Middleton and District Leek Show.

Entries were down in the flower and vegetable sections, but there was a strong show of leeks and it was one of the best ever years for fund-raising for the event.

The community turned out in force at Middleton Village Hall to bid in the auction and join in with a raffle and tombola.

Show Secretary and Treasurer Andrew Elliott said: “It was a difficult year for the growers because everything seemed to be that far forward and a lot of the flowers had gone over. Our flower and vegetable entries were down, but there were some very good leeks, which we were quite surprised about.

“On the whole, the show went very well. It was very well supported, the local community all turned out and we had a successful day. It was one of our best years for fund-raising. We took over £1,000, though that is not all profit because we have to take expenses out. The money will help to build the funds up for next year’s show.”

RESULTS

Winner of Section

Leek Show Winner: J Summerscales; Best Leek In Show: Kevin Fortune; Intermediate Leek: R Murdy; Most Improved Stand: B Robson; Dressed onions: J Bertram; Vegetable section: A Douglass; Flower section: R Murdy; Industrial section: R Murdy; Heaviest onion: R Murdy; Children: C Steward, W Thompson.

Leek positions in show

1 J Summerscales 244.8 cube, 2 R Murdy 188.12, 3 A Douglass 175.23, 4 A Scott 173.69, 5 R Grealy 166.22, 6 B Robson 165.23, 7 P Foley 158.08, 8 B Harper 156.7, 9 K Fortune 116.32 (Best Leek), 10 R Bell 112.6, 11 L Thompson 112.02, 12 S Butters 108.87, 13 R Young 108.67, 14 N Winslow 97.51, 15 C Taylor 70.92, 16 T Garnick 48.07, 17 J Mills 47.5, 18 P Hedges 29.38, 19 I Johnson 11.98; Too long: 20 J Bertram, 21 A Elliott, 22 D Mitchell, 23 Anca, 24 M Wilson, 25 J Hogg, 26 P Fairless, 27 P Edmends.

Intermediate Leek: 1 R Murdy 71.06, 2 J Bertram 69.32, 3 A Scott 70.32; Dressed onions: 1 J Bertram, 2 R Young, 3 R Murdy; Heaviest onion: 1 R Murdy, 2 J Bertram.

Industrial

Plain scones: 1 Susan Fortune, 2 A Douglass, 3 L Thompson; shortbread: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 Linda Thompson, 3 H Elliott; currant scones: 1 A Douglass, 2 R Murdy; cheese scones: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 A Douglass, 3 L Thompson; rock buns: 1 A Douglass, 2 Rachel Murdy, 3 Helen Elliott; gingerbread: 1 and 2 Rachel Murdy, 3 Helen Elliott; quiche: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 Linda Thompson, 3 A Douglass; apple pie: 1 Alison Douglass, 2 Rachel Murdy; plain Victoria sponge cake: 1 Helen Elliott, 2 Joy Carr, 3 Linda Thompson; chocolate cake: 1 Tanya Bertram, 2 Rebecca Grealy, 3 Linda Thompson; fruit cake: 1 Linda Thompson, 2 J Summerscales, 3 Linda Thompson; toffee: 1, 2 and 3 Alison Douglass; fudge: 1 and 2 Alison Douglass, 3 Linda Thompson; raspberry jam: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 Helen Elliott; blackcurrant jam: 1 Rachel Murdy; gooseberry jam: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 Helen Elliott; plum jam: 1 Rachel Murdy; lemon curd: 1 Linda Thompson, 2 Alison Douglass; blackberry jam: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 S Robson; jar of chutney: 1, 2 and 3 Alison Douglass; homemade wine: 1 Rachel Murdy; homemade liqueur: 1 Linda Thompson, 2 Rachel Murdy, 3 Andy Scott.

Children

Favourite photo: 1 and 2 Cain Stewart, 3 William Thompson.

Vegetables

Beetroot: 1 John Bertram, 2 and 3 Alison Douglass; onion sets: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 Alison Douglass, 3 J Bertram; tomatoes: 1 and 2 Alison Douglass, 3 Linda Thompson; kidney potatoes: 1 John Bertram, 2 Linda Thompson; round potatoes: 1 John Bertram; carrots: 1 John Bertram, 2 Alison Douglass; cucumber: 1, 2 and 3 Alison Douglass; five group of veg: 1 Alison Douglass, 2 J Bertram; funny shaped veg: 1 John Bertram, 2 Alison Douglass; turnip/swede: 1 John Bertram; heaviest onion: 1 Rachel Murdy, 2 J Bertram.

Flowers

Bunch of border flowers: 1 Helen Elliott; pompom dahlias: 1 R Murdy, 2 A Douglass; cactus dahlias: 1 R Murdy; roses: 1 H Elliott; pinks/carnations: 1, 2 and 3 R Murdy; sweetpeas: 1 Alison Douglass, 2 A Douglass, 3 Helen Elliott; chrysanthemums: 1 R Murdy, 2 Rachel Murdy; pot plant: 1 Rachel Murdy.