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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Ambleside Flower and Craft Show

A THREE-DAY Lakeland show showcased the best in homegrown produce and crafts over the weekend.

The Ambleside Flower and Craft Show opened its doors on Friday at Ambleside Primary School and
continued throughout the weekend.

Flower displays, homemade toys, trade stands and horticultural exhibits lined the school hall, as their creators battled it out to be chosen as the winners.

David Capstick, chairman of the society, estimated that almost 1,000 people visited the show over the three days.

He said: “The weather didn’t help us on Saturday, but a lot of people came on the Friday and Sunday.

“It’s been a great turnout, and everyone enjoyed looking at all the exhibits.”

The show is organised by Ambleside Horticultural and Craft Society, which introduced the event in 1942.

It was initially set up by C Company of the 9th Westmorland Lakes Battalion Border Regiment Home Guard. When the Home Guard was stood down at the end of 1944, the Ambleside and District Allotment Association joined forces with some of the old Home Guard members, and became the Ambleside Flower Show and Allotment Association.

In 1990 the committee decided to introduce a second show earlier in the year, which became known as the Ambleside Daffodil and Spring Flower Show, a two-day event now held over a weekend in March.

The society runs a series of events throughout the year, and the Summer Flower and Craft Show has become one of South Lakeland’s major annual events. Classes at this year’s show included sections for flowers, fruit, vegetables, floral art, handicrafts, cookery and wines.

The society is hosting a car boot sale on Sunday at Ambleside Rugby Club on Borrans Road, between 9am and 2pm, to raise money for next year’s shows. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.ambleside-show.org.uk


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