SLIDESHOW: Chorley Flower Show a big hit

Floral displays and celebrity gardeners attracted 10,000 people to the first ever Chorley Flower Show.

Visitors travelled from around the country for the weekend-long event at Astley Park, which was organised by Chorley Council.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of the council, said: “We’ve put a lot of investment into putting Chorley on the map and making it a place people want to come whether that’s to live, locate their business here or spend their leisure time.

“Judging by the comments we received over the weekend it was a fantastic success and we saw people from all over the North West coming to Chorley and saying how great it is and that makes us feel very proud.

“We are putting on these big events to attract people in because it brings people in and that will help boost the local economy, which is one of our main priorities.”

The show saw professional exhibitors coming from as far afield as Scotland and Scarborough and residents got the chance to showcase their own talents by entering the amateur sections.

Gemma Devine with her Glens Garden Gems display at Chorley Flower Show

Gemma Devine with her Glens Garden Gems display at Chorley Flower Show

Chorley’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit was unveiled in its new permanent home at the park and Astley Hall was transformed into a blaze of colour with floral decorations.

Celebrity gardeners David Domoney, who presents ITV1’s Love Your Garden, and Bob Flowerdew, known for his appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, gave a talk and took part in a question-and-answer session.

There were also trade stalls, a floral art exhibition, performances by Grupo SambAfriq, children’s entertainment and a Victorian fairground.

Many braved the wet weather on Saturday, with the council offering them the chance to return on Sunday for half price due to the rain.

“Judging by the comments we received over the weekend it was a fantastic success and we saw people from all over the North West coming to Chorley and saying how great it is and that makes us feel very proud.”

Coun Peter Wilson

Coun Wilson said: “It was a tremendous effort to get a show of this type and scale delivered and now we want to build it for years to come and make it an established attraction in the North West,.

“We’ve already had loads of people saying they want to come back next year and I’d like to thank all the exhibitors who were very encouraging and supportive throughout.

“I’d also like to thank all the volunteers who took part and the Chorley and District Gardening Society, who played a huge role in organising the amateur competitions.”