Longhirst blooms once again as it celebrates 100th show

Longhirst Show chairman Bob Jackson with his Best in Show onions.  Picture by Keith Robertson
Longhirst Show chairman Bob Jackson with his Best in Show onions. Picture by Keith Robertson

This weekend, one of Northumberland’s horticultural shows is looking forward to celebrating its 100th show.

Organisers of the Longhirst Show, which will be held in the village hall, say that the first event they have on record dates back to 1915 and took place in Longhirst Hall.

As part of the centenary celebrations, the group has this year scheduled some extra classes.

These centenary classes are all themed around things that could only be grown or found 100 years ago. The sections will include any vegetable variety grown at that time as well as any flower variety, an old recipe, a black and white or sepia photograph of the time and any craft item which might have been made 100 years ago.

Organisers are hoping that this special theme, centring on their heritage, will prove to be a real crowd-puller.

Show secretary Gill Featonby said: “The first record we know of a show being held in Longhirst was in 1915 at Longhirst Hall.

“I’ve competed at the show and been on the show committee since 1978 and followed Alf Younger as secretary.

“Both Bob Jackson, who is the current chairman, and myself have decided not to stand for re-election at the end of the year.

“We sincerely hope that some of the younger members of the parish might be interested in taking the show on into the future.”

With the added centenary classes, there are 129 classes in total for people to enter. They include a wide range of entries from crafts, photography and cookery right through to vegetables and flowers.

There will also be a special class for the best begonia plant from corm.

Obviously, the show would not be complete without the junior entries for ages 16 and under. There’s a variety of classes which youngsters can enter, including best flower arrangement, best greeting card, best painting or drawing and even best flower arrangement plus more.

For those wishing to enter the competition, entries must be taken to the village hall or by arrangement with Gill.

Entry is 10p for each exhibit – only one entry per class and exhibits can be set up tomorrow or on Saturday.

The show on Saturday starts at 2.30pm and admission is £3 for adults and children are free. There will be teas, tombola and a raffle with an auction sale of produce at 4.45pm.

For anyone wishing to enter the show or for any further information on the event, contact secretary Gill Featonby on 01670 812447 or email gfeatonby@btinternet.com