Sidmouth’s first Daffodil Day a blooming success

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 April 2018

Organiser Sally Blyth with Lady Christine Skelmersdale at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0710. Picture: Terry Ife

Organiser Sally Blyth with Lady Christine Skelmersdale at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0710. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sidmouth’s very first Daffodil Day was a blooming success as organisers showcased the best of the flower variety at the weekend.

Nick Wade of Gardeners Delight Nursery at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0723. Picture: Terry IfeNick Wade of Gardeners Delight Nursery at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0723. Picture: Terry Ife

Visitors could see the work of eight different nurseries, including a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, or take a guided walk led by Richard Eley around some of the town’s daffodil sites.

Outside Kennaway House was a daffodil decorated vintage Charabanc Toast Rack and specially made giant metal daffodils from Millin Metal.

Inside, guests could view 60 local artists’ paintings and pictures and photographs by school children all inspired by the yellow flower. Sid Vale Folk performed in the Cellar Bar which was followed by talks from Lady Christine Skelmersdale, from Broadleigh Gardens, Kevin Hughes and the Reverend Handel Bennett and his wife Joan, on how the Sid Vale Association organised the community planting of over 600,000 bulbs in Sidmouth.

There was also a Marie Curie tombola, daffodil gifts, a raffle and scrumptious cakes,

Marie Curie volunteer Maggie Tinsley with Henrietta Bradshaw, one of the raffle winners at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0704. Picture: Terry IfeMarie Curie volunteer Maggie Tinsley with Henrietta Bradshaw, one of the raffle winners at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0704. Picture: Terry Ife

Profits from the event will be used to plant more daffodils in the Autumn.

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