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  • Skelmersdale grower tastes success at Hatton show again

    Henry James

    A GREEN-fingered grower from Skelmersdale has scooped top prize at a popular regional horticultural event for a FIFTH time!

    Don Wrudd, from Elmers Green, won the Walton Estate Challenge Cup at the annual Hatton Show held at Daresbury near Warrington on Saturday (September 9) after impressing the judges with his produce including apples, tomatoes, runner beans, onions, potatoes and marrows.

    And the secret of his success? Patience and an understanding spouse!

    He said: “When growing produce I believe it is important to be patient. If things go wrong I try something else - having a good wife is important too!”

    Don, who triumphed against 30 rivals to receive the trophy from Lady Francis Daresbury, grows his apples and tomatoes in his garden but keeps the majority of his vegetables at the allotments of Skelmersdale Horticultural Society near Cobbs Brow school.

    He added: “Entrants get three points for a first and two points for a second. My marrows received first and second place as did my apples, potatoes and runner beans. The points are then added up and the person with the most wins the cup.

    “I always enjoy competing in the Hatton show and next year I plan to enter a similar event in Parbold in July.”

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