Fears over future of town flower show

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The future of Peterhead Flower Show could be under threat unless the public gets behind the annual event.

That was the warning from show chairman, Mabel Birnie, as members gear up for their annual general meeting next month.

Peterhead & District Horticultural Society’s AGM takes place at the town’s Rescue Hall on Prince Street at7.30pm on Wednesday, February 4.

And Mrs Birnie believes this year will be ‘make or break’ for the future of the show.

Mrs Birnie told the Buchanie: “This really is make or break for us - we did not see a lot of support at this year’s show and we need to strengthen the society so its survives.

“Our current members are not getting any younger and we need younger folk to come on board with new ideas and enthuasiasm to keep the flower show fresh and exciting for the whole town to enjoy.

“There is a wealth of beautiful gardens in Peterhead - we need these gardeners and growers to join us now.”

Over the past few years the society has seen entries for its shows drop and members dwindle. The society has also cut the annual shows from two to one - held in September - in a bid to boost numbers.

However, after another disappointing effort in 2014, Mrs Birnie says she now fears for the future of the once prestigious show.

“If it wasn’t for our loyal exhibitors and committee there would be no show at all.

“They put in a lot of hard work every year and it’s really disappointing when the public doesn’t turn up to see the flowers, vegetables and produce on display,” she said.

“We don’t have many youngsters in our ranks so I just don’t know what’s going to happen.

“We really need the folk of Peterhead to get behind us. The show has been going since the 1800s and is one of the more prestigious shows in the summer calendar.

“But I fear for its future if we don’t get support,” she added.