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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Stars come out for Home & Garden Show

FROM cooking to gardening; homestyle to antiques – there was something to suit everyone in Whitehaven at the weekend.

Celebrities were in town for the first Western Lakes Home and Garden Show to meet fans, share tips and give demonstrations.

Expert guests performed shows on Friday and Saturday on the harbourside and in St Nicholas’ Gardens.

They included Countryfile presenter James Wong; gardeners and TV presenters Toby Buckland and Charlie Dimmock; interior designers Anna Ryder Richardson and Linda Barker, of Changing Rooms fame; Britain’s Best Bakery’s Peter Sidwell; celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former Coronation Street star turned award-winning cheese-maker Sean Wilson.

On Friday the iconic BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time, chaired by Eric Robson, featured expert panellists Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson for a live recording on Whitehaven harbour.

In addition, antique expert Philip Serrell, of Bargain Hunt and Flog It! fame, was joined in town by fellow auctioneers and valuers Hugh Gregory, Steve Lee, Bill Waters and Steve Parkinson to try and uncover a priceless heirloom.

There were more than over 100 stalls from local and national stores, while other attractions include a ‘smelly science’ event from the National Nuclear Laboratory, a continental market, street theatre and a CFM stage.

Gerard Richardson, of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “Home and garden shows have been a growing success in the UK and we thought Whitehaven was the natural place to host one when you consider our success as a festival town.

“In fact, the reputation the town now has for putting on a good show was what made it so easy to get artistes to want to come along to this event.”

  • Next week’s Whitehaven News will feature six pages of photographs from the weekend – see if our snappers pictured you on the day!
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