Showtime as group presents silverware

Jack Gallacher opened this year's show and presented the trophies to all the prizewinners.
Jack Gallacher opened this year's show and presented the trophies to all the prizewinners.

Bothwell Horticultural Society’s annual show was held at St Bride’s Pastoral Centre in Fallside Road on Saturday afternoon.

Society president Morag Smith warmly welcomed everyone to the opening ceremony and praised the pleasing range of exhibits on display.

She also drew attention to the magnificent display of potted begonia plants which had been arranged by BHS members Bob and Alison Robertson from Hamilton.

Morag then introduced show opener for this year, historian, author and former Braidhurst High head teacher Jack Gallacher, a Bothwell resident for over 37 years.

He is a well known face within the community, particularly at present, with his opposition to the proposed housing development at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge site.

Jack lamented the loss of national heritage sites and commended North Lanarkshire Council for refusing a proposed housing development which would have resulted in a similar loss, while hoping that South Lanarkshire Council would follow their example.

When approached and asked to open the show Jack wondered whether you had to be ‘famous’ first or whether the ‘fame’ came from completing the task successfully.

He stated that he had great pleasure in declaring this year’s show open.

Although entries were marginally down on last year’s show, fierce competition was waged in cut flowers, vegetables and also photography sections.

An undoubted highlight, which caused much comment and praise, was the model of Bothwell Parish Church, fashioned in glass and shown by Neil Glenesk of Uddingston.

Show secretary Ken Hamilton announced the major prize-winners and Jack presented the trophies to the recipients, as well as awards to the successful pupils in the school’s poster competition.

Five-year-old Cameron McOmish in turn presented Jack with a bottle of wine as a token of thanks from the society.

The official proceedings came to a close with a vote of thanks to all who had participated in any way and to St Bride’s for the use of the centre by society vice-president Liz Wilson.

Full results in next week’s Times & Speaker.