The CIU Federation leek show held at Cramlington Working Men’s Club on 6 September was won by Alan Davison from Blyth. Peter Griffiths from Amble came third. One of his leeks was 203.54 cubic inches, the biggest ever shown in Northumberland.
At the same show Tony Cuthbert from Warkworth won the heaviest weight onions.
The Masons’ leek show in Amble on the weekend of 8 and 9 September was won by Peter Griffiths, with a total of 309.88 cubic inches and he also won best leek in show. Andrew Glass came in second with 254.82 cubic inches and a trophy for the most improved grower. Third was Tony Urwin with 232.54 cubic inches. Blanch leek and dressed onion and three onions fresh dug were both won by T. Urwin. The show was judged by J Driver (NPLS) and the prizes totalled £1,500.
Geoff Moscrop smashed his own record with a stand of 494 cubic inches, at the Hermitage Inn leek show. He took first prize (Winners Cup plus a Glass Trophy) and the cup for the best leek in the show. His stand would have had a good chance of winning in many bigger shows. Judge Ronnie Taylor commented that everyone in the club had put in a lot of effort, not only by the standard of leek entries but also by the excellent entries in the flower and vegetable categories.
Prizes were presented to Ian Donaldson (most improved grower) and to Paul Creighton (most points in the “other classes”).
On behalf of the club, the chairman, Ron Easton, presented the landlords of the Hermitage Inn, Steve and Liz Proud with tokens of appreciation for their continued support.
Positions 1st Geoff Moscrop 494.64 cu.ins and best leek, 2nd Peter Griffiths 288.27cu.ins, 3rd Paul Creighton 258.08 cu.ins, 4th Andy Glass 252.15cu.ins, 5th Ian Donaldson 196.67 cu.ins and most improved. Followed by Michael Brierley, Selby Snaith, Alan Charlton, David Bell, Ron Easton, Bill Stott, Alan Coulter Norma Irwin, Alan Richmond and John Young.
Paul Creighton, Secretary Hermitage Leek & Horticultural Club