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Sandringham flower show: A History

Visitors will have the chance to take a trip down memory lane at one of Norfolk's best-loved events next month.

An exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia charting the history of the Sandringham Flower Show is being staged at the 125th show on Wednesday, July 26.

The event is again being held in association with the EDP, which this year is introducing a new trophy for the best display by a local gardening club or society in the royal marquee.

There are hopes that show patron the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will make their customary tour of the showground, which is set against the backdrop of the Queen's private residence at Sandringham House.

Last year the couple chatted to well-wishers during a two-hour walkabout.

Eight entrants will be vying for the EDP Best in Show trophy in the show gardens competition, which was launched in 2004 and is now a well-established feature. The contest will be judged by top TV gardening presenter Chris Beardshaw, who will be making his third visit to Sandringham, joined by fellow horticultural expert Alan Mason.

Mr Beardshaw will also give a talk and take part in a gardeners' forum. In response to public demand, the Utterly Butterly Barnstormers flying and wing-walking team will be returning to take part in the main arena activities, which will also feature medieval jousting, a dog team display, the Minden Band of the Queen's Division and the Sandringham Grand Prix with customised lawnmowers.

A packed programme will also include the traditional flower, fruit, vegetable and floral classes for people living on the estate, open amateur classes, more than 200 trade and horticultural stands, charity stalls and a craft marquee.

The show, whose enduring royal patronage was typified by the enthusiasm of the late Queen Mother, has raised £330,000 for good causes over the years and continues to pull in huge crowds, come rain or shine. Posted by Guest at 6:41 AM on Tuesday, 27 June 2006

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