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Judging day Thursday 10th July 2014

A glorious day for judging. We finished on the Old Churchyard where Key Stage 3 from Upton Primary School lined up as the judges were taken to the top of the green. Below were stalls from local producers, West Mercia Police, Hot Peppers WI, The Pudding Shop, Sean's News ice cream bicycle and Lovells/Tiltridge Vineyard.

The judges, Robin & Jennifer, were taken on a tour of the town, which included, The Anchor Inn, Barbara Hartley's garden, Riverboats, Primary School, Mr & Mrs John Little's garden, the Cemetery allotments, Thomas Morris House, Berrow Court, The Ham, the Malt House, Dunns Lane, the riverfront, viewed the new mural with binoculars, the riverside beds on Hanley Road & the Tudor House Museum. They met Claire Bunn, Barbara Hartley, Mr & Mrs Little, Becky & Mary, Sian Murch, Dave Throup, Mr Leaver & students from Hanley Castle High School, Annabel Apps and Ruth, Betty Williams & Liz Rickard, John Martin and the MHDC 'Mosquito' machine.

The welcome from all the community on the Old Churchyard was brilliant. The Primary School pupils and teachers were dressed in costume representing clothing worn in 1914 - the year in which World War 1 started, reflecting our theme selected for 2014. The children sang songs from the era with members of the public joining in. They were rewarded with cake from Hot Peppers WI.

Upton Local Police Team had raided the West Mercia archives and brought lots of items, including a uniform.

Sadly the showman's traction engine was unable to come as it's trailer had failed it's MOT.

Our thanks also to Claire & Grahame at The Anchor Inn who welcomed the judges with coffee and put on a lovely buffet for the end of judging.

Thank you to everyone who took part in whatever way - we couldn't do it without you!

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Pictures © Jackie Surtees