TROPHY WINNERS: Peter Farrell claimed three top spots for his leeks
TROPHY WINNERS: Peter Farrell claimed three top spots for his leeks

TOP grower Peter Farrell carried home three trophies in this year’s Staindrop Leek Club show.

Mr Farrell produced the best pair of pot leeks at 239.57 cubic inches, while one of his winning pair was also judged best leek in show.

He also took the prize for best intermediate leek.

It was a good show for Alan Bethray, who achieved most points for vegetables and flower classes and took the honours for the best single flower.

Bill Scaife entered the best collection of vegetables, while Linda Raper showed the best pair of long leeks.

Marion Rodham was awarded first prize for her sweet peas for the second year in a row.

David Hallimond was also successful for the second consecutive year with his heaviest onion as pulled.

Other placings in the leeks section were:

Pot leeks: 2, Trevor Douglas; 3, Alan Bethray.

Long leeks: 2, Bill Scaife; 3, Peter North.

Intermediate leeks: 2, Dave Hallimond; 3, Louise Race.

In the open classes a special mention went to young Jack Madrill who impressed all by growing the most enormous marrow.

The grandson of one of the club members, Jack worked hard to care for his marrow and also came second with his round potatoes. Hopefully, Jack will graduate to leek growing and join the club.

Prizes were presented by club chairman Michael Wylie and at the auction of produce which followed the show, £277 was raised.

This will be shared between local charities and good causes, to be decided at the club’s annual meeting this month.

Thanks to all who came along on auction evening and made it a huge success, thanks also to our wonderfully entertaining auctioneer Colin Butler.

Thank you to the team of members who gave up their time to stage and steward the show, The Wheatsheaf Inn for hosting the event and to the Scarth Hall for loaning the tables again this year.

Also the members would like to thank the club committee for the time and effort put into running the club throughout the year.

Sheila Wylie


Staindrop Leek Club