The show must go on in Grangemouth

The horticultural society

The horticultural society

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It takes more than weeks of constant rain and a complete absence of sunshine to defeat the green-fingered growers who exhibited their pride and joy plants at the weekend.

A hardy band of entrants crowded into Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday for this year’s Rose, Sweet Pea and Carnation show, laughing in the face of poor weather conditions to come up with another fantastic crop of contenders and winners.

Once again organised by Grangemouth Horticultural Society, the event had a great turn-out in all categories – although numbers were down on previous years.

Ian Turner, society secretary, said: “All the exhibitors complained about the same thing - the ground was waterlogged.

‘‘Even the exhibits that were grown in greenhouses suffered from lack of sun to bring their plants to flower.”

With little or no help from Mother Nature, the entrants still did the best job they could to impress the judges casting an eye over the assembled exhibits.

Mr Turner added: “The society was pleased exhibitors travelled from as far afield as Forfar and Kilwinning with what they could get to put on the show bench and the show was indebted to Grangemouth Art Club for putting on a display of their work – which added a great deal of colour.”

Major prizes went to some of the far-travelled competitors, including R. Hope, from Kilwinning, capturing the Murray Reid Trophy for best roses exhibit and the Gateshead Festival Trophy for best roses bowl, while Irene Hope, also from Kilwinning, was presented with the Russell Trophy for best handicraft exhibit.

T. Nelson took the Bryce Johnston Trophy for best sweet pea exhibit back to Cupar, while E. Dunlop, from Blairgowrie, picked up the Dalratho Trophy for the best begonia exhibit.

Local man J. Pitcaithly, won the Maire Aitken Trophy for best carnations exhibit and, fittingly, the James Pitcaithly Quaich for best carnations vase, while Mr and Mrs T. Martin, from Falkirk, earned the Mathew Reid Trophy for most points in sweet peas.

Moray Primary School’s Gail Robertson took the Kilmore Trophy for the best girls’ exhibit and Oxgang School pupil Louis Maxwell won the Inverdaraoch Trophy for best boys’ exhibit, while Moray Primary School picked up the Grangemouth Town Council Trophy for being the school with most points.