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14 OCT

Pot-full of accolades for senior veg grower

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A vegetable grower from the Moorlands was bestowed a bucket-load of awards for his products at a recent large-scale gardening show. Barry Clarke of Tean was awarded the Most Meritorious Vegetable Exhibit accolade at the two-day 2021 Stafford Borough Horticultural Show at Stafford Showground for his impressive spread of veggies.

A vegetable grower from the Moorlands was bestowed a bucket-load of awards for his products at a recent large-scale gardening show.

Barry Clarke of Tean was awarded the Most Meritorious Vegetable Exhibit accolade at the two-day 2021 Stafford Borough Horticultural Show at Stafford Showground for his impressive spread of veggies.

The 77-year-old grew “long leeks” as well as onions, tomatoes, carrots and parsnips, which were judged for their quality across September 11 and 12.

He was also handed a National Vegetable Society Medal as well as the Holmcroft AA Trophy for Most Points in Veg.

He was given seven first prizes, three seconds and four thirds and one Highly Commended along with a first with Gladiols too.

Speaking to the Times & Echo, Barry stated he is very happy with the awards he received, especially with the title of The Most Meritorious Vegetable Exhibit.

“It’s a big award that I’ve won so I’m quite happy with that,” he said.

“I go to local shows here and I’ve been to the Stafford show for about four years.

“It is quite a big show. I didn’t expect to win anything like that so I’m pleased.”

Barry said he regularly attends local shows and has made vegetables submissions at many of them.

He has also judged several competitions too, even running an event himself.

The retired copper worker has organised the annual Anchor Fruit and Veg Show in Tean after taking over the reins from late founder Eric Deaville, an event which has now been held for more than 50 years.

During that time, it has raised thousands for charity including £1,200 during this year’s edition for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and the Cheetham’s Ward at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in North Staffordshire.

Barry said that he is proud of how the one-day community event, which is held on the first Sunday of September, has progressed over time.

The Anchor show has been running quite a few years and it’s a good show,” he said.

For a pub show, it’s first class to be honest, very good indeed. I can’t wish for any more than what local people do.

“There’s some good people there who over the years have come and put some stuff in which gets auctioned off for money. I put some in myself.

“It gets a big crowd and makes a lot of money for charity on just one day. Without them, there wouldn’t be a show.”

Barry says he plans to continue to host the fruit and veg show as well as support the area’s events in the years to come.

He added: “As long as I can do it I will keep doing the Anchor show and also the local shows around.”

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