St Ives show will be in memory of World War One victims

THE long-running St Ives Flower & Produce Show returns to the town this Saturday (August 31) at the Corn Exchange.

And this year will also mark a century since the 1913 show – the last before the outbreak of World War One when so many sacrificed so much.

This year’s event is being held in memory of those who lost their lives.

The free show, which was first staged in 1876, is open to all to exhibit flowers, vegetables, fruit, herbs and plants, preserves and produce, baking, home brewing, crafts, photography, art and children’s crafts. It’s also free to view.

One hundred years ago the 38th annual show was held on July 31, 1913, in Warner’s Park, St Ives, where more than 2,000 exhibits.

A show spokesman said: “Little did participants of the 1913 show know that in less than one year the first step towards the nightmare of World War One would be taken.

“Not only would the world change forever, but by the end of the war one of the exhibitors from that show would be killed in action, with five other exhibitors losing sons and one losing two sons.”

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INFORMATION: Judging from 10.30am, open to the public from 1pm. Prize-giving starts at 4pm. Refreshments available.