In spite of a worrying weather forecast, Saturday, August 22, stayed dry and pleasant for Westruther’s annual Flower Show and Sports Day.
A late season meant a good display of blooms in a well-entered flowers section, but the cold early part of the summer seemed to have affected vegetables and entries were slightly down on last year, though still of a good standard.
As always, there were plenty of entries in the baking and handicrafts section, including some splendid entries by local children and teenagers - with their imaginative ‘vegetable animals’ always a great attraction. Westruther Primary School put in a lovely display of artwork by the children.
Vegetables and flowers were judged by Doug Kellett from Galashiels, and baking, handicrafts, flower arranging and children’s artwork were judged by Janet Shearer, Flora Thomson and Christine Tait of Langton SWI.
Before the show opened there was a good crowd of adults and children taking part in the sports, organised by Mark Conington. These included novelty races, a tug-of-war, putting the shot and tossing the caber, and the handicap running race was won by Harris Mitchell.
Westruther SWI president, Kate Hankey, introduced retired local farmer, Carrick McLelland, who opened the show and presented the prizes. Three-year old Ellen Hamilton presented Carrick with a gift.
Trophy winners were: vegetables – Norrie Donaldson, special - Norrie Donaldson (collection of 3 varieties of veg); cut flowers – Grace Donaldson, special – Kate Hankey (sweet peas); floral art – Kate Hankey, special – Kate Hankey (miniature arrangement); junior section – Ella and Ethan Boyle, special – Aaron Mitchell (vegetable fish); teenage section – Ruth Hamilton, special Ruth Hamilton (chocolate brownies); school children’s art work: nursery – Ellen Hamilton, P1-3 – Olivia Richards, P4-7 Nell Green; jams & jellies – Mary Wilson, special Nicola Cockburn (strawberry jam); miscellaneous – Kate Hankey, special Mary McFarlane (fruit liqueur); baking cup – Sandra Fullerton and Mary Wilson, special – Jo Conington(bread); handicrafts – Kath Runciman, special – Jo Conington (‘1983 Knitting’); best floral entry – Kate Hankey (miniature arrangement); Westruther SWI member with most points in show – Kate Hankey, runner-up – Clova Reid; Westruther SWI member with most points in the year’s competitions – Clova Reid; best exhibit in show – Norrie Donaldson (collection of veg); Sports Cup – Harris Mitchell.