THE Gloucester Road Allotment Association proved that the number 13 is not always an unlucky one as it put on one of its most successful annual shows on Saturday.

The 13th edition of the event involved nearly 40 different competitions and many more visitors enjoying several hours of looking at residents' flower and vegetable exhibits, alongside a tombola, stalls, jam and cake classes and competitions for the children too.

Organiser Valerie Fahey, who enjoyed a successful day in the fruit and vegetable competitions with several top three finishes, said that around £200 had been raised to help repair the pond at the Gladstone Road venue.

"It went amazingly well, we really could not have asked for a better day," she said.

"Last year the weather was not very kind to us, exhibits got blown away and knocked over and numbers were down but this year the sun was out and it was just glorious.

"The Royal Horticultural Society judge was very impressed with the entries by the residents here. I want to thank the local restaurants and businesses who donated prizes for our tombola. The winner certainly went away with some impressive goods, that is for sure.

"Now we can use that money to help repair our pond. Everything just fell into place really nicely on Saturday, it was one of the best we have done."