Horticultural group to celebrate 60 years

Fraserburgh Horticultural Society's annual show in full swing a few years ago.
Fraserburgh Horticultural Society's annual show in full swing a few years ago.

Fraserburgh Horticultural Society is celebrating a hugely impressive milestone - its 60th anniversary - later this year.

The Society, which aims to improve knowledge of scientific horticulture within the local community, has held its annual flower show in the town each year since 1955.

At the event, attendees are treated to stunning displays of a wide range of flowers, while participants compete for a host of prizes.

Always well attended, the first exhibition in 1955 saw 1,200 people pack into the Dalrymple Hall. The show is also popular with children, with many taking part in the kids-only competition for the ‘Tallest Sunflower’.

The Society’s rich history actually dates back to 1908, when its first ever flower show was held.

However, the organisation had to halt its activities when World War 1 commenced in 1914, and was only able to organise events regularly again following World War 2.

A highlight for the organisation came in 1982, when a team from the Society - which boasted five Scottish Champions at the time - travelled to Toronto, Canada, for a major international show.

This year, the Society will return to the Dalrymple Hall for its Fraserburgh show on Saturday, September 12.

Bill Matthews, who has been the President of the Fraserburgh Horticultural Society for 20 years, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to reach our 60th anniversary. Over the course of those years, our annual show has become known across the north-east as an extremely friendly event, where guests are warmly welcomed.

“It’s always a fantastic day out for all the family - for example, the youngest competitor to ever take part was just three years old, whilst the oldest was 101.

“We’re looking forward to a particularly special one this year, as we mark our 60th birthday, and would encourage anyone interested in joining the Society to please get in touch.”

For further information on the Fraserburgh Horticultural Society, call 01346 513606.

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