Pilning Flower Show winner 'pulls wool' over judges' eyes
A CRAFTY knitter and her snug wedding cake wowed visitors and won over judges at Pilning's 44th Annual Flower Show on Saturday.
Joan Friends' inspired three-tiered "dessert" fashioned entirely out of wool was all the talk at the extravaganza, which attracted crowds of eager locals to St Peter's School.
The cake took the Severn Beach villager more than a month to pearl and follows equally impressive knitted recreations of The Last Supper and a scene from The Sound of Music.
The coveted Best in Show award was picked up by Graham Hawkins from Southmead, who won nine of the vegetable classes.
Albert George, one of the show's organisers, said: "Unlike other local shows that have struggled to get vegetable entries, the numbers and quality at Pilning were excellent with 130 in total, including six top trays and no less than 15 lots of cherry tomatoes.
"It’s been a difficult season though for flower growers and numbers were down. It’s also seemingly getting harder to entice entries for the wine making and older children’s classes.
However, all other categories were very well supported, notably baking, preserves and crafts.
He added: "We really would like to thank everyone that supported the show including; entrants, judges visitors, sponsors and all our helpers.
"We are fortunate to have a great team and the show continues go from strength to strength attracting people from a wide area."
The award presentation was followed by the show's increasingly popular charity auction in aid of Frenchay Hospital 's CLAPA group, which supports people affected by cleft lip and palate. Guests dug deep into their pockets bidding for everything from bags of compost or a cream tea at Thornbury Castle to an electric tooth brush.
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