Flower show saved

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One of the North-east’s leading horticultural events has been saved following a make-or-break meeting.

Inverurie and District Horticultural Society ‘s flower show will go ahead this year after officials made an urgent appeal for volunteers.

They were left bitterly disappointed when only six people turned up to the annual meeting in November and called an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday of this week at the town’s Hopeville Social Club.

To their relief, people responded to the plea and a committee was formed to organise the late summer showcase.

Society president Sandy McWilliam, 75, confirmed that the event - hailed as one of the area’s top floral showpieces - was now safe.

Mr McWilliam, president for 25 years, said: “We are so relieved that the show will be going ahead. We really didn’t know how many people would turn up to the meeting.

“We now have a committee of 11 and have appointed two joint vice-presidents, which will be a great help to me.”

Inverurie and District Councillor Bryan Stuart said: “It’s excellent news. People are reluctant to make a regular commitment these days and events tend to come down to a few stalwarts. Hopefully, the long-term future of the show wil now be secure.”

The society will now start planning its plant sale on May 19 and the annual show in the town hall on September 1.