Every year, Lindal Women’s Institute held a flower and vegetable show at the Buccleuch Hall and The Mail was there to capture the best blooms and the most voluminous veg.

The show originally started in 1949 as the Lindal and Marton Show, but was forced to stop after running into problems with a lack of support before being revived by the WI in 1978.

Come 1990, a relative newcomer to the village claimed a trio of prizes, with Mary Barton’s hard work in transforming her garden in 15 months paying off.

The show received record entries in 1991, with almost 400 coming in, and the prize for the best exhibit came from a plant not even its grower knew the name of.

Vicky Smith took a cup and ribbon for a flourishing pot plant that took two years to grow from a cutting that originally came from Scotland.

That same plant took the prize again the following year, when there was also a competition for children.

Five-year-old Caley Simpson won a prize for her decorated paper plate, while Aileen Wood took first place in the vegetable competition with a ten-inch penguin that was fashioned from an aubergine with a plum for its head.

“We were particularly pleased with the imaginative children’s displays,” WI secretary Raye Hickey said.

In 1997, where admission fees went to St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston, Raymond Hickey, of Lindal Moor House, took the Storey Cup, the South Cumbria ribbon and the Doris Martin Trophy for his spectacular house plant.