THE sun came out as one of the district’s longest-running shows celebrated its 165th anniversary.

Allendale Horticultural and Industrial Show is a stage for people of all ages in the Allen Valleys to showcase their creative skills.

The latest instalment, on Saturday, was no exception, with high-quality entries of flowers, fruits, vegetables, arts and crafts.

The event took over Allendale Primary School, filling the hall and three classrooms to capacity, as showgoers joined exhibitors for a family fun day out.

John Short, show chairman and secretary of the horticultural section, said: “The quality of exhibits was outstanding in what has been a difficult growing season.

“The show was as popular as ever, not just in terms of entries, but there was a good number of people who came along to appreciate what the show had to offer.”

John took home three trophies, including the award for most points in the flower section.

Robin Rutter collected five trophies, including the prize for most points in the vegetable section.

There were new winners in the best garden competition. Mike and Lesley Lintott took the large garden prize, while Eileen Connor was the small garden winner.

Brother and sister Jack and Anna Short both received honours. Jack gained most points in the junior section, while Anna won the Janette Barness Trophy for best vegetable creature.

Vivian Jackson picked up three trophies for her sweet peas, and garden exhibit.

Lauren Langton was also in the winner’s circle, for her vase of flowers and single rose exhibit.

Gail Stephenson won most points in the industrial section, while Ailsa Rutter was the highest scoring out-of-district exhibitor.

The Doreen Archer memorial trophy, for best girdle scones, went to Jane Birchall.

Other trophy winners included Brian Golightly (marrow), and Jonathan Atkinson (gladioli).

The show included junior football and other games and entertainment, while trophies were presented by BBC Look North newscaster, Alison Freeman.