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The Southport Flower Show returns ‘small and beautiful’

THE traditional show returned to Victoria Park again this year following its reintroduction last year after the pandemic. It was great to see it blooming once again, particularly as the weather had been so unkind over recent weeks and had impacted the use of the main outdoor arena. This was sorted out very quickly and successfully prior to opening on Thursday and relocated to another part of the site.

All of the usual features were in place with wonderful displays, a range of interesting stalls, lots to buy, music, displays of dogs, birds of prey and motorcycles. There were bowls competitions ukulele groups, singers and a whole host more. We particularly enjoyed listening to the lunchtime concert by Connected Voices.

This year the whole event was again smaller than pre-pandemic but nonetheless very much an event to grow again and indeed proved to be ‘Small and Beautiful’.

No doubt, next year will be bigger, growing on what has been re-established but this year was a real pleasure. We felt that it was very inclusive and that this theme should be intrinsic to future developments.

Smaller numbers ensured that accessibly for all was generally well managed except for a shortage of chairs around the site. Toilet facilities were very clean and constantly monitored to ensure that this was maintained. There were adequate numbers of toilets and this is really important particularly for women who are normally expected to queue for such a long time. Park and Ride systems worked well as usual as did hire of disability scooters.

Entertainers on stilts and in elaborate costumes kept the whole atmosphere very positive and fun.

Special mention should go to the delicious and reasonably priced Lancashire Fayre, particularly the pork pies and egg custards from Ma Joyce’s Bakehouse. The fish stall sold excellent and well-priced salmon and Oak-smoked kippers.

Roll on 2024.

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