Sidmouth’s first Daffodil Day a blooming success

Organiser Sally Blyth with Lady Christine Skelmersdale at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14

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

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. Pict

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

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

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 Ife - Credit: Archant


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

Lady Christine Skelmersdale give a talk at Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0701. Picture

Lady Christine Skelmersdale give a talk at Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0701. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Toast Rack dressed up for Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0718. Picture: Terry Ife

The Toast Rack dressed up for Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0718. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0721. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14 18TI 0725. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Organiser Sally Blyth with Lady Christine Skelmersdale at the Daff Day at Kennaway House. Ref shs 14

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

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