In addition to the exhibitions and all those involved in the event, more than 400 people are expected to enter through the door, says author Prims Backley. She said: “We are thrilled to see so many of our loyal supporters return after last year. We are happy to have some new trustees this year. Attractions include a fun dog show, Lancing Brass Band, Robbie Magician, West Sussex Waterterner, classic cars, side scenes, charity stops and afternoon tea.
The floral show began with a brief, mixed sun before the rain began to fall. Although the level of exhibitions was higher than ever before, the committee was eager to encourage more people to attend. In fact, Julie Knight, who won four cups and the RHS Banksian medal, had no plans to enter the show until her neighbor Graham Lewis convinced her a few days ago. She won the Hansen Cup for Vegetables and Fruits, the Belo Cup for Dahlia, the John Rankin Dahlia Cup and the Doris Jenkins Cup for Chatney.
Other trophy winners Peter Jenkins, Silver Challenge Ball for Flowers and Jenkins Cup for Fuchsia; Christina Godwin, Silver Salver for mixed production; Colin Crane, Ray Brown Memorial Shield and David McKenzie Torogod Memorial Cup for Sweet Peas, and Howard Challenge Cup for most points in all categories. Terry Longman, Cactus Cup; For flower art coral cook, vase and sea cup; Pam Walton, Spoon of the British Fuchsia Association; Diana Bakle, Cookie Gobl and Women’s Contest for most points in all categories; Celia Bakley, Derek Silk Photography Cup. Worshiped Gardeners Certificates went to the best exhibitions for Wendy Baker, Christina Godwin for flowers, Coral Cook for flower arrangements and Lorence Pilfold for gardens. Other first-place winners are Helen Smith, Primros Buckley, Vick Davis, Sarah Hill, Don Blizzard, Helen Blizzard, Lindy Winter, Allison Carnel, Valerie Sharp, Carol Lonman, Joe Skinner and Jennifer Wallace.