A 114-YEAR-OLD flower show rose to its highest height this summer following a record-breaking number of entries.

Horticulturalists and lovers of the sun gathered at Ruthin Flower Show to see traditional country competitions including vegetable produce, flower arrangements and a dog show.

Bright red tomatoes and giant leeks were among the entries at Ruthin Farmers Auction on Saturday, August 17. Competitive growers showcased their best three herbs, tastiest pickled onions, longest runner beans and spiciest chillies.

The popular horse section was cancelled due to the outbreak of equine flu, however organisers welcomed a new addition in the form of the Denbigh Plum, which was awarded international protected status this year and joined the ranks of Anglesey sea salt and Italian prosciutto ham.

Les Starling, Ruthin Flower Show chair, said: “We had lots of interest with people coming to the show and so many people entering competition classes. The committee is small in number but large in their input.

“In view of the recent international designation for the Denbigh Plum which has its stronghold in the Vale of Clwyd we added a Denbigh Plum class this year.”

Elsewhere showgoers enjoyed a vintage car exhibition, birds of prey display, children’s entertainment and traditional Welsh music from male voice choir Cor y Porthmyn and harpist Megan Fflur.