Marrow sold for £1,000 at club show
Written byCAROL FROST
The man who staggered off with the giant vegetable, which he later gave away, was Alan Yeomans, who bid the massive sum through his Garden of Eden development company from Yeaveley.
Said Mr Yeomans afterwards: "A group of us had had a fantastic day at Uttoxeter races and had gone on to the sale of produce at Ashbourne Ex-Servicemens Club after being asked to do so.
"We knew that we were going to spend this kind of money and it wasnt a case of spending our winnings."
By showing such generosity Mr Yeomans and his friends helped the club make an overall profit on the day of £1,200, which will be shared equally between Ashbourne Ex-Servicemens Club and Ashbourne Community First Responders.
Stuart Lees, the Gardeners Club secretary, was acting as the auctioneer and said: "One or two of Alans friends were also bidding and when they started at £950 I thought they meant £9.50, so when it went up to £1,000 I quickly said sold. It was most generous of him and we really couldnt believe it."
The show itself was staged at the Ex-Servicemens Club and attracted 292 entries, a good increase on the previous year and an indication of the growing popularity of the club both locally and in the wider gardening world.
Les Blanchon was judge of the flower and vegetable classes and Mrs Sheila Bell judge of the other adult classes, both commenting on the exceptionally high standard. Together they also judged the childrens and other classes.
The Ashbourne Gardening Club large shield for the best exhibit in the show went to Mr P Snow of the Staffordshire Moorlands for a dahlia exhibit.
Mr Snow was also winner of the Phyllis and Gordon Hunt shield for the best dahlia and the Ashbourne Gardeners Cup for the best flower exhibit.
The Wyaston Nursery shield for the best chrysanthemums went to Mr D Salt of Ashbourne, winner also of the John Keeling cup for the best vase of single spray chrysanthemums.
The Ken Russell rose bowl for the best fuchsia exhibit was won by J Foster of Alton.
In the vegetable section the best exhibit - potatoes - was shown by Mr R Smith of Littleover who will shortly be defending his title of North East Potato champion.
The rose bowl for the best cookery exhibit was won by G Chell of Cheadle; the John Shemilt Cup for the best childrens exhibit went to R Overton; the Ashbourne Gardening Small Cup for most points in the childrens classes to S Allsobrook and the Gardening Small Cup for the largest sunflower head at the show to K Allsobrook.
The trophies were presented to the winners by Bob Hudson, President of Ashbourne Ex-Servicemens Club.
During the afternoon Ashbourne First Responders held a fund-raising tombola.Full results Page 23