The chairman of a horticultural society was “delighted” as the show returned following a two-year break due to the pandemic.

With a new committee and a host of new volunteers, Sabden Horticultural Society’s annual summer show was back with many additional features but managed to retain its traditional village feel.

The opening ceremony was performed in St Mary’s Community Hall by Alun Parfitt, a member for 38 years who served on the committee. He gave a brief history of the society before declaring the show open.

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There were trophies handed out for a vast array of competitions, including best floral arrangement, various baked goods, art and handicrafts, photography, and children’s drawing and painting.

Some of the big winners included Keith and Ann Pedder winning the Friedricke Devaney Trophy for best floral exhibit; Amanda Scott winning the Joseph Green Cup for best lemon drizzle cake; and Bobbie and Lorna Gill and family winning the Jack Haythornthwaite Trophy for best miniature garden.

Horticultural Society chairman Dave Bell said: "The sun shone and it was a fabulous show. We were delighted at how many people came along and the new classes proved very popular.

“Despite the weather making it difficult for growers this year, the standard of entries was very good.

“There were lots of children, who seemed happy with the new range of classes for them, so despite the difficult past few years, Sabden show is here to stay."