Best of Luing’s garden produce goes on show

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Flowers, herbs, cakes, preserves and even vegetable monsters packed Cullipool’s Village Hall for Luing Horticultural Show at the weekend.

Saturday’s show attracted a good turnout of islanders and visitors bidding at the produce auction at the end of the afternoon raising cash for Cancer Research UK and the Luing Shopper Club Bus that runs people weekly to the local store and the ferry.

Organisers are still totting up the takings from the day but are hoping the final count will run into hundreds of pounds.

John Blackwell, who declared the show open and organises  the island’s annual sponsored walks for Cancer Research UK , thanked everyone for their support and announced since fundraising for the cancer charity began in 2003, Luing’s efforts have raised £51,000 to date.

He also praised organisers for making sure the show continued and added: ‘Luing Horticultural Show is one of the longest running events and should not be allowed to fall in to decline again.’

Display tables were packed with exhibits, and with cups galore to be won a thrilled Gemma Wells took home 12 first prizes and six second prizes for her flowers and vegetables – including an inch-high turnip.

Denise Wrigley’s delicious Victoria Sponge was a winner with the judges and mini-baker Zoe Moir, nine, got a first for her chocolate bites.

Lois Llewellyn, nine, from Scammerdale, whose granny Fiona Rogers is one of the show organisers, got a prize for her floral headdress – even pet dog Gertie had flowers in her hair.

Gordon Robbie was in charge of the gavel at the auction which stripped the tables bear, with Jacqueline McDonald having to go home to get her trike to carry home her bountiful haul of flowers and tasty goodies.

A box of mixed homegrown vegetables and salad went under the hammer for £40, with the final bid coming from John Marinko for Edna Whyte.