Young people encouraged to enter Etal show

Ellie and Hannah Armstrong with the family salver

Ellie and Hannah Armstrong with the family salver

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Etal Flower Show may be one of the smallest flower shows in Northumberland, but this year its got some big ideas to get young people involved.

The show, which takes place on September 7, has launched new classes to encourage both the younger generation and those who are relatively new to showing.

New classes for children include a fruit plant grown from a pip or a stone. They can also enter the novice classes specifically introduced for entrants who have not previously won 1st prize in a vegetable class at Etal Show. These include three potatoes, two courgettes, and a truss of tomatoes.

This year’s Lord Joicey Special Class for 2014 is “GATES” - a mounted display of four photographs.

New classes for the green fingered include an exotic plant of any variety, while those who prefer to bake can enter a wedge of quiche and three sausage rolls.

Committee member Richard Baker said: “Many of the classes are the traditional classes, however the committee are always keen to introduce new classes to encourage new entrants, and to link in with changing trends.”

The Michael Edward Joicey Family Salver will be awarded to the parents and children who collectively gain the most points throughout the show.

Last year’ winners were the Armstrong Family from Milfield. Sarah Armstrong said her children Hannah and Ellie really enjoyed taking part.

“They love to grow their own vegetables and fruit as well as being creative,” she said. “From my perspective it is great to see everyone getting involved in our local community from a young age.”

Go to for more details or telephone secretary Joyce Stevens on 01890820589.

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