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Ainsdale Horticultural Summer Show 2024

THIS local community event is older than the Southport Flower Show and is a staple part of the local event calendar. In fact it is 1 of the oldest community events in the UK, which was 1st held in 1922,  The 2024 Ainsdale Horticultural Society Show's 102nd show ran over:- 5 July to 7 July 2024, on the Village Green in Ainsdale, Southport, and in Ainsdale Methodist Church.

The event has changed over the years, and has less flowers on show, and due to costs it has lost some of the elements that it was well know for, such as the parade, but this event is still a key part of community life within the seaside village.

This year the event started on Friday night with a pet display, but unlike previous years, the turnout was far lower than normal, but all who took part had fun, and it was a very friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

Then came the big event on the Saturday, but like so many events so far in 2024 the weather was to put a dampener on proceedings. After a delay, due to the heavy rain damaging the generator, the VIPs officially opened the show.  The main VIP's where both:- Serena Silcock-Prince of Silcock Leisure Group, a finalist in the prestigious 2024 Merseyside Women Of The Year Awards, and Charlotte Cox, who came second in the Miss World title competition, Miss England, and holds the title Miss Liverpool City Region. They where also joined by Mr Bernard Pendleton, Royal Horticultural Society, North West in Bloom Chairman and several of the shows sponsors, on the Mighty Radio Arena Stage.

Heavy rain resulted in a generator failing, and the cancellation of many of key the arena displays, due to safety issue for those who would have been performing on wet grass. But the organisers pushed on and the show went ahead, and by the afternoon the weather had dramatically improved. By the end of the Saturday, you wouldn't have thought it had been raining so hard hours earlier, but the bad start lead to a far lower footfall than normal, even though this years event was free to enter! What also didn't help was the fact England where to play Switzerland in the Euro 2024 Quarter-finals at 5pm that day.

Then came Sundays activities.  Sunday started with a very wet Car Boot Sale, and a Church Service was held in the show grounds main tent. But just as on Saturday, the weather improved and the sun came out to play for the afternoon. The afternoon entertainment was entitled:- "Music On The Green." This was a free 5 hour long live music event with:- Mike Byrne and The Sunrockers, playing tunes from the:- 1950s and 1960s, along with acts that  included a Robbie Williams Tribute. This was very well received and proved to be successful despite the wet start to the day.

Not to be put off by the bad weather this year, the organisers are already planning the 2025 show and would love to have more help. If you can help please contact the Ainsdale Horticultural Society via emailing them at:- For more information about the  Ainsdale Horticultural Society please visit:- AinsdaleHorticulturalSociety.Org.UK or follow them on Facebook.

These are some of the photos we took over the 3 days at the event. What are your thoughts on this? We have lots photos from the event more on the following 9 pages within this edition. Please do let us know let us know your thoughts about the event by emailing our Newsroom at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com or send us a message on:- Mastodon, Facebook, or Twitter.





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