New attraction steals the show

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

A NEW attraction stole the show at the 74th annual Frenchay Flower Show.

An alpaca from Avon Alpacas joined a procession through the event with the prince and princess, Oscar Sheppard and Eabha McGarry, children from local primary schools who opened the show. 

The creature, provided by John Grover, of Avon Alpacas, was part of a new animal corner feature at the event on July 15. This also featured stalls for Hedgehog Rescue and Foreign and British Birds. At the other end of the showground the Hawk and Owl Trust had a very interesting display of birds with a peregrine, little owls and several other birds of prey. In the marquee the beekeepers displayed their produce and answered questions on beekeeping.

Music at the event was provided by The Winds of Change Band, Marshfield Brass Band and Cleeve Singers. Bristol Starlight Cheer Squad, led by their director Deb Denny, gave a lively performance with the children enthusiastically shaking pom poms to their own music. 

Later Bristol Morris gave a display of their tried and tested skills with the classic rhythmic stepping of the Morris dances to the sound of their bells 

Garden and allotment produce, baking and preserves, crafts, art, photographs and flower arranging were on display in the large marquee and Friends Meeting House. 

Three vintage buses provided free transport between the Flower Show and the Vintage Vehicle display held in the grounds of the old Frenchay Hospital, where owners were happy to discuss the finer points of their highly polished cars and motorbikes.  

For refreshments Frenchay WI provided cream teas at the Village Hall. The Parish Church and Unitarian Chapel were also both open for teas and a chance to look round the beautiful buildings and, at the church, a chance to ring the bells.

The day ended with the award of cups and shields by Jack Lopresti MP and an RHS medal by Tim Bowles, newly elected West of England Mayor. This was followed by an auction of produce.

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