Chocolate cakes galore at Westruther Flower Show!

Westruther Flower Show
Westruther Flower Show

After a chilly start, Saturday stayed fair for Westruther’s annual Flower Show and Sports Day.

A good growing season produced some nice vegetable entries for Doug Kellett from Galashiels to judge. Although there were fewer cut flowers than usual there were still some beautiful blooms on display.

There were good entries in the baking section, including 13 chocolate cakes! These and the handicrafts, flower arranging and children’s artwork were judged by Roni Smith, Annie Jones and Helen Donald of Mellerstain SWRI.

Before the show opened there was a good crowd of adults and children taking part in the sports, organised by Mark Conington. There were various novelty races, a tug-of-war and caber tossing and the handicap running race was won by Alexander Fraser.

Westruther SWRI president, Kate Hankey, introduced local resident Lynne Morgan-Hastie and asked her to open the show and present the prizes.

Lynne asked her daughters, Amelia and Lucy, and their friends to open the show with a song they had composed based on the ditty “Roses are Red”. Three year old Flora Locke presented Lynne with a gift.

Trophy winners in the various show categories were: vegetables - Norrie Donaldson, specials - Stephen Morris (a cabbage) and Norrie Donaldson (a collection of potatoes); flowers - Kate Hankey, special - Amanda Hamilton (a fuchsia plant); floral art- Kate Hankey, runner up and special - Kath Runciman (a blue and white arrangement); junior section- Matthew Howey, special - Adam Wilson (vegetable animal); teenage section - Ruth Hamilton and Katie Marwick, special - Katie Marwick (a wooden stool), Specials for the school children’s artwork were awarded to Ross Miller, nursery (sunflower collage), Mia Lannan, P1-3 (scarecrow bird collage) and Amelia Morgan-Hastie, P4-7 (pastel flower picture). Baking trophy and special - Susan Nutt (3 pieces of shortbread); jams and jellies and special - Alison Locke (a jar of raspberry jam); miscellaneous - Avril Wilson, special - Theresa O’Connor (a glass of rhubarb liqueur); handicrafts and special - Kath Runciman, (a cross stitch tapestry); Westruther SWRI member with most points in show - Kate Hankey, runner up -Clova Reid; Westruther SWRI member with most points in the year’s competitions - Jean Birkett; best exhibit in show - Norrie Donaldson (a collection of potatoes); sports cup - Alexander Fraser.