Top show celebrates 60 but has doubts over 61

PUBLISHED: 04:38 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:39 24 May 2010

A VILLAGE flower show will be celebrating its 60th anniversary - but this year's event could be the last. At the peak of its popularity, the flower show in Uphill attracted over 1,000 entries and was opened by some big names. But today several members of

A VILLAGE flower show will be celebrating its 60th anniversary - but this year's event could be the last.At the peak of its popularity, the flower show in Uphill attracted over 1,000 entries and was opened by some big names.But today several members of its ageing committee want to retire and many of the show's exhibits come from a small core of enthusiasts.Show president Denis Salisbury said he would rather see the show go out with a bang rather than wither away."It's sad but we have got to be realistic," said Mr Salisbury."The show will go unless we get other people to help out."Financially we are fine so there is no reason why we can't continue but if it comes to it I would rather it would go out on a high rather than fade away."The flower show committee has not had a chairman for three years. I am coming up to 83 years old and our acting secretary Graham Crow is 87."Last year, the flower and vegetable classes had 202 entries with 109 of those coming from just four people.Mr Salisbury, a former leader of Weston Borough Council, said: "As far as Uphill is concerned, there are no allotments now. "We have a different population now, Uphill's mainly a commuter village for Weston. We need to get the new people interested."The first annual show took place in Uphill on August 2 1947 and was held in a grand marquee on St John's Playing Field, which is now part of Weston Golf Club. It moved to Victory Hall, its current venue, in 1957.Among those who opened the show was Peter Brough, of Educating Archie fame, who was appearing at the theatre on Knightstone Island in 1953.This year's diamond jubilee show will take place on July 28 and 29.Anyone interested in helping out or entering should call the show's honorary secretary, Pauline Simonis, on 01934 626663.

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