HUNDREDS of keen gardeners turned out in force to enjoy a Kidderminster group’s popular two day annual show.

More than 1,800 people defied the poor weather to enjoy Kidderminster Horticultural Society’s event, incorporating a country fair, held on September 9 and 10 at the Mercure Hotel grounds.

The event also attracted its highest number of show entries with more than 800 across all categories including flowers and vegetables.

BBC TV presenter Michael Collie kicked off proceedings while people were able to enjoy a host of fun activities including vintage and new car shows, dog agility, a performance by Elements Dance Group, children’s rides and live music.

There were also alpacas on show as well as craft and plant stalls, while Society members Sue Cooke and John Harland produced refreshments and a barbecue respectively.

Louise Aston, from Kidderminster Horticultural Society, said: “It was a successful weekend and everything went very well, especially when you consider the weather.

“We would have had more people attend if the sun had shone for us but we have received a lot of positive feedback from people who were impressed with the warm and friendly atmosphere.

“It is very pleasing to hear people enjoyed themselves. It is very much a family show.”

Mrs Aston added the next event for the group would be a presentation evening at Kidderminster Town Hall in November.

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