Visitors were treated to a display of fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, preserves and baking, children’s exhibits and some fabulous flowers.Bob’s Party Owls proved popular with few visitors being able to resist holding one of Bob’s owls on their arm and have their photograph taken.The children’s section carried an excellent display of greetings cards, bookmarks and face masks from Ellel St Johns C of E School. The entries of decorated pebbles which was a new class introduced this year proved very popular.There was also an exhibition about the work of the Canal and River Trust and a display of all the photographs entered in the Photographic Classes. Suzanne Peat presented the Horticultural Society’s archive material and showcased her book about the history of the Gaslight Show from its beginnings in 1861 to present day. Trophies were presented by County Cabinet Member, City Councillor and former Mayor of Lancaster Susie Charles.Graham Creer, of Galgate Horticultural Society, said: “Great credit must go to all the show committee and all our sponsors who support the show financially.
“Village members produced a wonderful buffet and I wish to thank all the volunteers and all the people who took the time and trouble to enter the show. Without any of them there would be no show.”
The main adult trophy winners were :-The RHS Banksian Medal - for most points attained over all the Horticultural Classes - John Armstrong.The Westmd. and North Lancs . Fed. of Hort. Show Societies Blue Ribbon - for the best single exhibit over all the Horticultural Classes - Barbara Creer.Vera Lund Trophy ( best entry in new grower classes ) Melanie Thompson
Burgess Trophy ( best entry photography classes ) Steve Marple
William Leece Trophy ( most points in cut flowers and container plants) Tony Newton
Jollies Trophy (runner up most points in cut flowers and container plants) Joe Reynolds
Saint Trophy ( best vase of flowers ) Barbara Creer
Ada Kitchen Trophy ( best overall cut rose ) Tony Newton :
Bentley Trophy ( best pansies or violas ) Lucy Atkinson
Jack Price Trophy ( most points in vegetable classes ) Tony Newton
Jollies Trophy (runner up most points in vegetable classes ) Heidrum Feuchtmayr
Lund Trophy ( best exhibit in fruit and vegetables classes ) Suzanne Peat
Tom Smith Trophy ( best marrow ) Sophie Aspinall : Stackhouse Trophy ( most points in preserves and baking ) Joint Winners - Pauline Ainley and Barbara Croft :
Anyon Trophy ( best exhibit in preserves and baking ) Pauline Ainley
The Richard Charles Memorial Cup ( best gentleman bread baker ) Barry Phillips
Cooper Trophy ( best exhibit in arts and crafts ) Lisa Marple
North West Gas Board Trophy ( most points overall in show ) Tony Newton.
The Maureen Rowe Perpetual Trophy for best Children’s Greetings Card - Jessica Hoggarth,
The Ellel Parish Council Trophy for the Best Exhibit by a child - Gracie Gerrard
The Brian Thomas Memorial Trophy for best Junior Grower together with The George Read Perpetual Trophy for most points in the Children’s Section were awarded to Freya Devling
Owl colouring competition for children - Grace Aspinall aged four.