Gallery: BBC’s Nick Robinson rewards village show winners in Orford

Hundreds of people enjoyed Orford Fete and flower show at the weekend. BBC Political Editor Nick Rob

Hundreds of people enjoyed Orford Fete and flower show at the weekend. BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson handed out the trophys. Nick Robinson with John Henry Brown who won 'Best in Show' for the third year in a row. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Giant fruit and veg, canine competitions, a local personality – it’s the perfect recipe for a Suffolk village celebration.

This year’s Orford Flower Show attracted the second largest number of locally produced competition entries in the event’s history.

Among the many offerings were big beans, sizable spuds and humongous pumpkins, as well as a sweet-smelling array of blooms.

The Orford, Sudbourne and Gedgrave Flower Show and Fete – to give the annual event its full title – was attended by BBC political editor and resident of the riverside village, Nick Robinson, who handed out trophies to the winners.

Staged at the recreation ground, the day featured a selection of culinary, craft and artistic talent, stalls, sideshows and entertainment for all ages.


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More than 175 classes of exhibits included cookery, handicrafts and art, along with locally grown and nurtured fare.

Among the outstanding entries were Henry John Brown’s ‘Best in Show’ dahlias.

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Meanwhile, Maria Brenchley, who took home nine trophies in total, wowed judges with her pumpkin weighing more than 270lb.

Event compere and committee member, Michael Bellegarde said: “It was deemed a great success.

“The judges were very impressed, and despite the weather not helping lately, the general standard was very good.

“Nick Robinson praised the local traditional village element of what he thought was a terrific event.

“It’s a not-for-profit show that promotes Orford and helps bring the village together.”

Away from the prize produce, this year’s under-12 fancy dress parade had a television characters theme. There was also a Punch and Judy show, fairground rides, a tombola with 400 prizes, donkey rides, children’s sports and classic cars.

To cap it all off, crowds gathered for what has become one of the most popular parts of the yearly event – the dog races.

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