‘Tremendous’ volunteers add special touch to show

  • Event goes ahead despite heavy downpours in the morning
  • Crowds still came out to enjoy huge variety of entertainment
  • Flowers, plants, fruit and veg entries of a high standard

MORRIS dancers, fabulous flowers and dancing horses made for what has been called one of the best Emsworth shows in years.

The annual extravaganza by Emsworth Horticultural Society saw less entries in the plants, fruit and vegetable competitions than normal but the quality was just as high.

It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them. ‘They’ve all pitched in to make it very special

Graham Steel

Thousands of people gathered at Horndean Road recreation ground to enjoy the entertainment, which included the Homestead Dog Training Club, equestrian events and live music.

Although yesterday started off wet, the sun was out by late afternoon.

Graham Steel is the show chairman. He said: ‘It went remarkably well considering the terrible start.

‘At one point we didn’t know whether we could go ahead, the ground was so heavy with rain.

‘But we did and, happily, we’ve been proved right.

‘It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them.

‘They’ve all pitched in to make it very special.

‘The quality of the entries in the horticultural show is very high.

‘I would say it’s probably the best in the county.’

Amie Crews, from Emsworth, enjoyed the day with her young family.

She said: ‘Last year was almost a wash out, which was such a shame.

‘But, as they say, the show must go on, and this year is probably the best I have been to in terms of size, variety and a nice mix of stands.’

There were live music performances all day, lots of entertainment for the children and fundraisng for Paul Newman’s Over the Wall charity with home made cakes and biscuits. And visitors could even handle birds of prey.