Innerwick flower show proves big hit with visitors

Fiona Gray, Norma Watt, Christine Dunlop and Irene Hogg judging the baking at Innerwick Flower Show
Fiona Gray, Norma Watt, Christine Dunlop and Irene Hogg judging the baking at Innerwick Flower Show

The torrential rain and wind leading up to the 140th Innerwick Horticultural Society’s annual show held everyone in trepidation as to whether this year’s show would be well supported.

However, anxieties were soon laid to rest as Saturday was a bright sunny day and the supporters of this, the longest running flower show in East Lothian, came out in their droves.

Not only was there a rise in the number of people visiting the show – well in excess of 600, additional tables had to be erected to support the number of entries from the Parish of Innerwick, including the Brunt, The Pinkertons and Skateraw. The judges, amazed at the amount of entries, commented time and time again on the sheer quality and variety of produce on display.

The juvenile section was packed with eye catching posters, book marks, vegetable people, animals and a selection of tasty home baking, which queen of home baking Mary Berry would have been proud of.

Fiona Oliver, whose family have long standing connections with Innerwick, when opening the show commented on how both her and her brother Andrew Ritchie as youngsters enjoyed partaking in this long standing traditional family event, which was held in such high esteem.

Her father Stuart, a keen supporter of the show for over 50 years and now in his 96th year, was still exhibiting his ‘famous’ roses.

As the sun continued to shine families enjoyed the many attractions laid on for them. Tranent Pipe Band, Dancing Dogs, Fun Dog Shows, Tinsel Tattoos, Vinnie the Fox from Verdant Leisure and much more entertained the crowds and as one visiting family from Aberdeen said ‘they had enjoyed the entire experience of Innerwick Flower Show and all it had to offer.’ ‘A tremendous day and one which will be long remembered.’

President Kenny Milne, thanked everyone for attending, he too commented on the great turn out and the very valuable support received from our sponsors – Viridor Waste Management, Verdant Leisure, Community Windpower, EDF Energy and the many individuals who continue to make Innerwick Flower Show a very special, traditional day for the entire family.