Society marks 60th year

The Fraserburgh Horticultural Society is always well attended as this picture from a previous year shows
The Fraserburgh Horticultural Society is always well attended as this picture from a previous year shows

Fraserburgh Horticultural Society will celebrate a hugely impressive milestone, its 60th anniversary, at its annual flower show this Saturday.

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

Attendees are treated to stunning displays of a wide range of flowers, while participants compete for a host of prizes.

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 regularly organise events 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, with doors opening at 12pm.

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, please call 01346 513606.