SOUTHPORT burst into bloom when the towns annual flower show opened its doors to eager spectators.
<ul><li><p>27Southport Visiter Friday, August 20, 2010 Visit our website: www.southportvisiter.co.uk</p><p>SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2010</p><p> MAIN PICTURE: Sarah Taylor-Passman, nine, has a wheely goodtime helping her mum and dad atthe Southport Flower Show but didget a little carried awayPicture: GARETH JONES GRJ180810FLOWERSHOW-2</p><p> Reports byAmy Salter, JanineYaqoob andDanielle Manning Photography byGareth Jones andGavin Trafford</p><p>NINE PAGES OFGREAT STORIESAND PICTURES!</p></li><li><p>28 Southport Visiter Friday, August 20, 2010 SOUTHPORT newsdesk: 01704 536655</p><p>SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2010</p><p>Flower showbursts into lifeSOUTHPORT burst into bloomyesterday when the towns an-nual flower show opened itsdoors to eager spectators.Exhibitors from across the country</p><p>have been preparing for weeks ahead ofthe 81st Southport Flower Show and theatmosphere was electric as the proceed-ings got under way.Actress Suranne Jones, formerly of</p><p>Coronation Street, officially pro-nounced the show open and the crowdssoon started toweave theirway throughover a million blooms that filled theVictoria Park setting.David Jackson, Chief Executive of the</p><p>Southport Flower Show, told theVisiter:It is a fantastic year for the show, thefeedback we have been getting fromsome people has been incredibly posit-ive.With the new Grand Floral Marquee</p><p>people can walk past and see the fab-ulous floral displays and everyone hasbeen saying how much of a feature thatis.The quality is excellent as always </p><p>the gardeners seem to excel themselveseach year and some have been workinguntil after midnight for weeks.All the exhibitors have been getting</p><p>really excited and that energy has beeninfectious.</p><p>As well as the floral attractions, thisyears flower show, which runs untilSunday, boasts a brand new food villageand book festival, along with 250 tradestands.Celebrity gardeners David Bellamy</p><p>and Stefan Buczacki were at the festivalyesterday (Thursday) giving membersof the public expert tips. Diarmuid Gav-in and Roddy Llewellyn are set to makeappearances over the weekend.Many exhibitors told the Visiter that</p><p>the standard this year was very high.Steve and Elaine Hickman, of HoylandPlant Centre in Barnsley, were exhibit-ing an agapanthus display in the GrandFloral Marquee.Mr Hickman said: We have been ex-</p><p>hibiting here for the last eight years. Itis a very good show and always verybusy which is why everyone goes to somuch effort. There is a very high stand-ard here and it compares well to theother flower shows.We are hoping to geta gold.Donald Sutcliffe, who was exhibiting</p><p>with the National Dahlia Society(Northern Committee) in the Societiestent added: I started coming here as alittle lad 55 years ago with my dad andIve carried on with that tradition. The</p><p>atmosphere so far has been great andthere has been great banter betweeneveryone.Sisters Jade and Elle Ollerton, from</p><p>Penwortham, were amongst those ex-hibiting in the Floral Arts tent. Thechildren had created a beach scenecalled Fun, Sea and Sand.Jade, 13, said: We collected shells and</p><p>seaweed and thought of a tropical para-dise.Elle, 11, added: You can win prize</p><p>money but we just did it for the enjoy-ment.The girls mum Tracy, 45, said: When</p><p>we walked through we just thoughtwow. There are some really good ideasand the festival really caters for every-body of all ages. It is a great day out.Jean Daniels, from Worsley, was ex-</p><p>hibiting three pieces in the Floral Artstent. She said: I have been exhibitinghere for over 20 years and I have hadquite a few wins. The standard is prettyhigh this year, it seems to be gettingbetter and better every time I come.Today (Friday) is Ladies Day at the</p><p>festival, with Coronation Street starsAnthony Cotton and Sue Cleaver bet-ter known as Sean and Eileen due toattend as special guests. The first results: Page 35</p><p> Cassie Heathcock, 21, pictured with the superb sunflower display on show in the grand floral marquee Code: GRJ180810-5</p><p> Trustee director Ray Roukin is well and truly potty about this year'sshow Code: GRJ180810-9</p><p>By AMY SALTER</p><p>dosomethingabout it...</p><p>ADVERTISEMENT</p><p>andpickupThursdays</p><p>for thebumper jobs section</p><p>Sir?</p><p>That guylooks stupid!</p><p>Wow, meetingthe clients?</p><p>Harold, I need a favour& I dont know who</p><p>else to ask...</p><p>We have someimportant visitors& Im too busy</p><p>to look after them,could you entertainthem for an hour?</p></li><li><p>29Southport Visiter Friday, August 20, 2010 Visit our website: www.southportvisiter.co.uk</p><p>SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2010</p><p>GLAMOROUS actress Suranne Jonesspent hours chatting with the crowdsas the sun shone down on VictoriaPark.The former Coronation Street star officially</p><p>declared the show open at 10.30am yesterday(Thursday) as a burst of confetti rained downon the audience in front of the bandstand.Suranne, 29, then weaved her way through</p><p>the displays, admiring the show gardens, theexhibitions in Grand Floral Marquee, theentries in the amateur competition and manyother attractions.The actress, who has been staying just a</p><p>short distance away from the show grounds,at the Vincent Hotel on Lord Street, told theVisiter: It has all gone really well. I think thehighlight for me has been meeting DavidBellamy. I watched him as a kid and he wasalways really educational so to meet himyears later at the grand old age of 77, and to seethat he is still so enthusiastic is brilliant.The amateur tent was great as well, be-</p><p>cause considering it is supposed to be ama-teur the standard in there is unbelievable.The event was the first time Suranne had</p><p>been to a flower show, and she said it did notdisappoint.I think there has been a fantastic atmo-</p><p>sphere and there is just so much to see, withthe food village, the kids stalls, the books andso many shops I had no idea it would be like</p><p>this. When someone says flower show youthink it is just going to be acres of plants but itis a really good day out and you could spend alot ofmoney cominghere. I think I amgoing tocome back on Sunday and do lots of shoppingthen.There are 35 acres to cover so it is hard</p><p>getting round to see everything but Im goingto put myself in the chairmans hands and seewhat he says is the best.Suranne happily posed for pictures as she</p><p>met members of the public on her walkaround the grounds.She continued: Everyone has been really</p><p>lovely, both at the gala dinner on Wednesdaynight, which raised a lot of money, and here atthe show I have been really welcomed andwell looked after. My auntie and uncle havebeen here as well so it has been a good chanceto catch up with them.I have spotted a few hanging baskets and</p><p>little trees which I am considering getting toput at the sides of my front door. I think Imgoing to go from having no hanging baskets tohaving a million and one.Coming here gives you somany ideas and it</p><p>just shows you dont have to have much space it is just about making the most of what youhave got.</p><p>Warm welcomefor Suranne asshe opens show</p><p> Suranne Jones officially opened the 2010 Southport Flower Show Code GAV190810A-17</p><p>By AMY SALTER</p><p>Coastal Capers proves a winnerTHE TEAM fromChurchtowns Botanic Gar-dens were celebrating a hat-rick afterwinning the flowershows top award for thethird time.In keeping with this years</p><p>theme, the imaginative pieceentitled Coastal Capers,caught the judges eye andthe group were presentedwith the Brockhouse trophyfor best in show.The idea was the</p><p>brainchild of Alan Foxhall,Alan Gosling and his wifeLynn. The three of them cre-ated the piece with the helpof Martin Sutcliffe, GaryManser, SteveGreenandSueRushton, as well as volun-teersCathyRimmer, PaulineBarker and Peter Barker.Mr Foxall, floral manager</p><p>of the creative team, said:We have always enteredand this is the third time wehave won the Brockhousetrophy, so it is a hat-trick for</p><p>us. We are absolutely overthe moon.Without the team and all</p><p>the planning we could nothave done it. We also havevolunteers that give up theirown time to come andhelp.The exhibit incorporated</p><p>over 20 different plants in-cluding petunia, dichondraand iresine. Mr Foxall ad-ded: Myself, Alan and Lynnstarted planning the exhibitin March and we all got to-</p><p>gether to throw differentideas about. We then startedactually creating it downhere last Thursday and theflowers and plants all wentin between Saturday andMonday. We are delightedthat all the hard work haspaid off.Mr Foxall, who lives in</p><p>Southport, dedicated theaward to his father Eric Fox-all, who passed away, aged97, just hours before theteam received the award.</p><p> Alan Gosling designer of Sefton MBC Garden which won Best in Show Trophy Code: GAV190810A-9</p><p>2130 August</p><p>Martin MereWetland Centre</p><p>For details visit wwt.org.uk/martinmere</p><p>Make a mini raft to floatSurvive the obstacle courseBridge making and den buildingMake your own swamp creatureWetland survival talks & walks</p></li><li><p>30 Southport Visiter Friday, August 20, 2010 SOUTHPORT newsdesk: 01704 536655</p><p>SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2010</p><p>Gala gatheringheralds showTHISYEARS proceedings began in style when the townsglitterati came together for the annual Southport FlowerShow gala evening.</p><p>Star guest Suranne Jones looked relaxed asshe mingled with diners who were treated to asneak preview of the displays in the GrandFloral Marquee.The actress sat at the top table with fellow</p><p>guest and horticultural expert Stefan Bucza-cki, Flower Show chief executive David Jack-son and chair of the board of trustee directors,Rob Anderson.The event was also a chance for Suranne to</p><p>catch upwith old pal Paul Crone, fromGrandaReports, who hosted the evening.</p><p>The pair exchanged memories of when theystarred in panto together several years ago inSouthport.Before the dinner got underway, guests were</p><p>treated to a rousing performance by SouthportDramatic Clubs youth group.In keeping with this years theme of coast,</p><p>the talented youngsters took inspiration fromthe old time vaudeville shows, which weretraditionally popular in seaside resorts in daysgone by.The gala dinner also helped raise funds for</p><p>local charity Queenscourt Hospice.</p><p>By AMY SALTER</p><p> Two of the performers from theSouthport Dramatic Club's youthgroup, who performed at theSouthport Flower Show dinnner</p><p> Sophie Foulds and HeatherGomersall from the SouthportDramatic Club's performing youthgroup Codes NA</p><p> JudithLawrence,TracyLawrence,Jacqui Pringle,Anne Mentha,Karen Pittanand DebbieMillar at theSouthportFlower Showgala dinnner</p><p>Code NA</p><p> Duncan Pringle, Ron Mentha, Steve Millar and Andy Kenny at the Southport Flower Showgala dinnner Code NA</p><p> Alan Hughes, Ann Hughes, JenniferMathias and Tony Mathias Code NA</p><p>William Hunter, Lynne Howarth and DavidRose, Southport Flower Show trustee director</p><p> Guests EvelynPye and EnidOakley Code NA</p></li><li><p>31Southport Visiter Friday, August 20, 2010 Visit our website: www.southportvisiter.co.uk</p><p>SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2010</p><p> Judith Jenkins Code NA</p><p>Guests urgedto look aftertheir healthAVOIDING back and jointpain is often the last thingthat comes to mind whengardeners reach for theirtools.But a local woman is</p><p>urging people toremember to care for theirhealth when gardening.Judith Jenkins, 53, from</p><p>the Southport OsteopathicClinic, is using theSouthport Flower Show asan opportunity to offeradvice and guidance.I thought it would be</p><p>the perfect time to give outthe same advice that I givemy patients regularly.Judith opened her</p><p>Liverpool Road basedclinic in 1997 aftergraduating from theBritish College ofOsteopathic Medicine.She said: Gardening is a</p><p>physical activity and likeany other exerciserequires your muscles tobe warmed up before youstart and stretchedafterwards.A hot bath at the end of</p><p>the day can help preventmuscle stiffness fromdeveloping.Judith offered advice for</p><p>the gardening enthusiastsat the four-day weekend.Try to pace yourself</p><p>she said.Those who view a</p><p>weekend as a chance toblitz the garden can oftenend up with an injury.If you have limited time,</p><p>try to vary your activity inthe garden and allow yourmuscles time to rest.She added: Incorrect</p><p>lifting is the biggest causeof back injuries in thegarden.Always lift with bent</p><p>knees and your backstraight or only veryslightly bent, do not stoop.Use a lifting aid, ask afriend for help, or maketwo or three trips.</p><p>INSPIRATION from thisyears coastal theme came inall shapes and sizes but nonecould be more different thantwo of the exhibits in theshow gardens.Simon Norris, of</p><p>Churchtown, transportedspectators to a tropicalparadise with his exoticcreation based on a recentholiday to the Maldives.Simon said: I thought why</p><p>not bring a taste of the exoticto Southport. The centre</p><p>piece was inspired the raisedvillas you see in Caribbeanresorts.Simon was awarded a large</p><p>gold for his masterpiece,which he can add to the otherthree he has won overprevious years.Nearby gardener Greg</p><p>Mook, of Mook Gardens inBirkdale, got his inspirationfrom holidays of a verydifferent kind. He said:When the coast theme wasannounced my mind went</p><p>straight back to trips toLlandudno when I was a kid from crab fishing to playingon the beach, I tried toencapsulate it all in mydesign. This ismy 15th year atthe FlowerShow, its agreat eventwhich I amalways happy tobe involvedwith.</p><p>Gardeners inspired by visitsto landscapes worlds apart</p><p> The Maldives(above) andLlandudno (left)</p><p>Show chief beamingTHE man behind the SouthportFlower Show beamed withpride as the crowds floodedinto Victoria Park when the proceed-ings got underway.Chief Executive David Jackson said</p><p>the event had reached a new standardthat will only continue to grow as theyears go by.After addressing the audience to tell</p><p>them all about this years show, MrJackson spent the opening day dart-ing around the park to ensureeverything was running smoothly.Speaking to the Visiter, he said:</p><p>The feedback that I have been getting</p><p>is that this years show is absolutelyfantastic, so the changes and the hardwork that we have been putting inover the last 12months has really paidoff.We know that from what people</p><p>have been saying, the smiles on theirfaces and the fact that people arebuying things. The atmosphere isquite electric.This is Mr Jacksons third year in</p><p>charge of the flower show and it is ayear in which is has made morechanges than ever before, with the</p><p>introduction of a new food village andbook festival among themost promin-ent additions. But he told the Visiterhe believes the changes have beenwarmly welcomed: The response wehave had from people has been fant-astic and that is a combination ofSuranne being here and the glamourthat she brings, and also the way thatSouthport is changing, he said.I heard StefanBuczacki saying that</p><p>Southport is setting the standard andI think I agreewith him even thoughit is my show!All the judges are independent and</p><p>they go to a lot of shows, and theyhavebeen very positive. I just hope the sun</p><p>keeps shining for the rest of the festiv-al, but even if it doesnt people shouldcome anyway it is too good tomiss.Rob Anderson, chair of the board of</p><p>trustees, was also delighted with theopening day. He said: The show islooking fantastic, the crowds lookvery good and I think this is the bestshow so far. The festival just keepsgrowing and getting better and it isreally changing with the times. Ijudged the new cont...</p></li></ul>