Kilmington flower show blossoms in the sunshine

Plenty to entertain the crowds at village’s big day

FINE weather brought out the crowds when Kilmington held its annual show on Saturday.

A variety of events and attractions, including the produce and craft exhibition, stalls, sideshows, bands, children’s races and games, ensured fun for all.

Village produce association chairman “BJ” Lewis welcomed visitors and president Bill Kerslake then invited Gill Collier and Gill Perkins - former “milk ladies” who delivered pints in the area for years – to open the show.

The Royal Horticultural Society judges commended the standard of over 630 entries from a small village, one commenting that Kilmington was her favourite village show.

There were some spectacular hats worn by adults and children in the fancy dress parades and the dog most like the owner and the best six leg combination caused great amusement.

The Swing of the Axe Music Group and the Honiton Town Band kept many entertained throughout and Gina’s Bellygees dancers, from Axminster, put on an attractive and colourful display.

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The Old Inn’s burgers and drinks, the cream teas organised by the Baptist Church and the teas with cakes at the cricket pavilion kept everyone sustained.

The RHS Banksian Medal and the Association’s Silver Challenge Cup were awarded to Nigel Philips for an amazing entry of 46 different classes of vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Gill Gibbs was congratulated for organising such a successful and enjoyable village show.