Well what a lovely day I had at the National Show on Friday. It was a hot and sunny day and I’d almost gone off the idea by thinking about how hot the halls were going to be and how crowded. But in fact the Harrogate International Centre is very spacious and although there were a lot of people there it didn’t seem too crowded. I was glad I made the effort, some of the arrangements were truly stunning. After wandering around for an hour or so, I decided to give my feet a break and went into the NAFAS Education section where a learning session was just about to start on using sticks in Continental designs. It was very interesting and I picked up some useful tips. I also bumped into Penny from our Committee in there! (Many of you will know her from the Book Stall!) Later, as I was in Harrogate town centre on a break for lunch, I bumped into Pearl also from our Committee (Raffle table supremeo!) What a small world it is.
In the afternoon, I went to see a demonstration by Michael Bowyer entitled “Hallelujah”. A really spectacular show. 2 hours of Music, Dance and Singing accompanied by some wonderful flower arrangements. There were dancers from Pakistan, songs from famous shows and all types of music. It ended with a comedy sketch based on The Full Monty which saw Michael ripping off his trousers while his team of helpers hid behind large umbrellas!
I took so many photos during the day but have chosen just a few to give you a small flavour of the day. If you really want to find out what it’s like, you should make a date in your diary for next year when it will be held in Torquay on 22 – 24 September. It sounds like a good place for a weekend away!
This first set of photos are some the class entries in the show ranging from traditional pedestals and country gardens to a really bright and bold class called ‘Pandemonium’
The final photos are just a few from Michael Bowyers show.