It was another successful year for the York Autumn Flower Show with several new exhibitors taking part.

The show organized by the York Uniting Church on May 10 returned to the town hall after being held at the York Wellness Centre in Howick Street last year. The extra space meant the craft and produce stalls were part of the show again this year.

This was the show's 16th anniversary. The hall has been booked three years ahead to ensure the show has guaranteed access to the hall into the future. There were more than 300 entries despite a long dry summer and the more recent strong winds and heavy rain.

Patron, June Dawson, congratulated participants on the quality of blooms and introduced guest of honour and York Citizen of the Year, Pat McGregor, who officially opened the show and presented prizes to the winners. There were some new exhibitors at this year's show and a few regulars were absent due to the season. "Thank you to all the participants and everyone who worked to make the show a success," Mrs Dawson said.

Results were: Roses - winner Margaret Hewitt, runner up Maureen Stewart; Chrysanthemums - winner Gaenor Carter, runner up Ros Martin; Other blooms/foliage -  winner Margaret Hewitt, runner up Pat McGregor; Weeds - winner Marianne Nilsson, runner-up, Ian Crombie;  Pot plants - Ros Martin, runner up, Jan Rye; Floral art - winner Jan Cockburn-Campbell, runner up Ian Crombie and Best  Floral Hat - Linda Wills.

RIGHT: Top and below : Some of the exhibits and stalls at this year's flower show. Centre: Guest of honour at this year's flower show, Pat McGregor (right), congratulates winner of the best floral hat while show patron, June Dawson watches on.

(Photos: David Hovell)