On Saturday (25th September) Bishop was a blooming with an array of bright chrysanthemums, dahlias and vegetables, as the Bishop Auckland Town Council Horticulture and Town Show, return for its 6th year after having to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The show was held in a new venue, No.42 Market Place.
The Show had over 40 classes, which brought together exhibitors, young and old to showcase a range of disciplines from growing champion flowers, to giant leeks, onions, carrots, to children’s craft classes, flora art to jams, pies and cakes.
The quality of exhibits was again very high with chrysanthemums and dahlias being judges to national standards. National Society Certificates were issued to Peter McNeille for the for best vase and best exhibit of chrysanthemums, and to Ian Kitching for best vase and best exhibit of dahlias.
Councillor Katie Eliot, Mayor of Bishop Auckland, paid tribute to everyone that had contributed to this the first Town Council community event since the pandemic, by saying:
“It was wonderful that we were able to host the show again this year as it was such a miss in town last year. I am very grateful for all the hard work and partnership working which goes on for months in the background to make this excellent show. It was great to see all of the fantastic entries across all 43 classes. It was so nice to enable people to take part and it was wonderful how people came together to celebrate the achievement and talent of their peers.”
“I am also so very grateful to the exhibitors, judges and members of the public who made generous donations for the flowers, vegetables and produce which was auctioned at the close of the show for my for my chosen charity, County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust – Bishop Auckland Hospital, with a total raised of £337.04”
Kids Corner classes included Mr. Potato Head and Friends, Wonkey Fruit and Vegetables, Decorated Biscuit, Garden Collage picture, and Make a flower out of recycled materials. All classes had exceptional entries, with additional awards
going to the Wallace Gang, who help on their dads allotment for their gigantic pumpkin, and Etherley Lane Primary school for their fantastic recycled flowers, and garden collage log!
A huge thank you goes to all those who helped to organise the show, Beryl Anderson, Chris Davidson and Liz Drake, and the Auckland Project who were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months. A special thanks goes to Etherly Lane Primary School for supporting all of the Kids corner classes with exceptional entries.
In addition to the show, the Council have had a find the ‘’Show Crow’ Trail in the town, here various scarecrows are hiding the in the windows of businesses, to help encourage show visitors to visit businesses in the town, and the closing date has been extended to Monday 4th October, to give food festival attendees the opportunity to see how many they can find.