North Connel and District Horticultural Show celebrates 60 years

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The North Connel and District Horticultural Show celebrated its 60th anniversary with a blooming good event in the Victory Hall in Benderloch.

The hall was packed with people and impressive displays. There was everything from cakes to cacti, wonky fruit, flowers, vegetables shaped as sea creatures, and photography.

Creations varied in size; there were onions the size of a toddler’s head, colossal carrots, and tiny gardens placed inside a thimble.

Jane Eccles, president of the show committee, said: ‘The event has been tremendously well supported. The hall is full of people and exhibitions. Some times one section is a lot better than the other, but this year they all seem to be very well supported.’

Hugh MacLeod, who showed off his previous prize winning vegetables on stage, took home this year’s championship cup for accumulating the most points in the flowers and vegetable category, with Ritchie Robb taking home the runner-up trophy.

The committee publicly thanked Hugh for his ‘impressive display’ and showing them ‘what we can all aspire to’.

The Oban Times Cup, for the most points in classes 1-9 flowers, went to Jim Mackie.