Torrential rain in the morning couldn’t deter scores of people from enjoying the 68th Sulby Horticultural Show on Saturday afternoon.
The annual show awarded a host of prizes for all manner of produce, arts and crafts, with 61 trophies and 69 special prizes shared amongst the impressive 1,200 entries.
Michael Garrett secured the ‘best in show’ award, the Merle Matthews Trophy, for his three spectacular sunset orange gladioli flowers.
A new trophy, the Billy and Barbara Graham Memorial Cup for best junior, was awarded to 11-year-old Niamh Rowe of Douglas for her miniature garden entry.
Gail Curphey’s hand-made soft toys, ‘The Curphey Bears’, were declared best in section for soft handicrafts.
John Kaighen, grandson of William Kaighen and the late Jean Kaighen, was very successful as a novice entrant in a variety of vegetable classes, taking home four trophies.
The Milntown team earned more trophies and prizes this year, successfully retaining the Lady Collett Challenge Cup for the parish resident with most points in the fruit and vegetable classes.
Previous exhibitor Kathleen Kneale of Ballanelson was welcomed back to the show and went home with six cups and two special prizes for her exceptional entries in the vegetable and flower sections.
The junior section was given a huge boost by 140 separate entries from the students of Sulby School, and their hard work was rewarded with trophies and many individual prizes in the junior crafts section.
Show treasurer Kevin Martin secured four trophies and six prizes for a variety of winning entries in classes as diverse as vegetable growing and photography.
Elaine Hamilton, a show committee member, secured both the Daisy Kelly Memorial Trophy and Silver Cup for the most points in the confectionery classes, baking a vast number of cakes.
Parkland Tiddlers won an arts and crafts class prize for their giant bumblebee.
Meanwhile the new treasure hunt kept the younger visitors busy, with Megan Lord being drawn as the winner and receiving a selection of prizes.
Michael MHK Alfred Cannan was joined by his wife Bella in the show-opening duties, with Francesca Lord of Sulby presenting posies to the dignitaries. Mr Cannan gave a moving speech, linking in the relationship to growing your own produce, self-sufficiency and a timely commemoration of the First World War.
The organising committee thanked all who exhibited, attended, and helped on the day.
They paid special tribute to their sponsors, supporters and prize donors, especially the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, who provided a travel voucher for a car and two passengers as the star raffle prize.