Keith reclaims top gardener title



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Retired businessman Keith Coulman regained his top gardener title at the annual Spellowgate Allotment Holders Association plot judging competition.

Keith, a former food factory owner on Driffield’s Kelleythorpe Industrial Estate, reclaimed the top spot he lost last year when he turned the tables on reigning champion Kim Dervey, who had to settle for second spot this time round after a keenly-contested competition.

In doing so, Keith won the Geoff Sims Memorial Cup, which was presented to him by Association president Mr Derek Megginson at the annual awards evening at the Red Lion in Driffield on Sunday. Runner-up Kim won the Spellowgate Allotment Cup as her reign came to an end, at least for another 12 months.

Third place went to Peter Baker, who was awarded the Taylor Megginson Cup for his efforts. Dick Parrott was Highly Commended in fourth place and also won the Jim Lowe Senior Citizens Award.

Another retired Kelleythorpe businessman, Malcolm Hodgson, won the Newcomer prize and was presented with the Kathleen Megginson Memorial Cup, donated in memory of the former Association president, whose family made available the allotments to the town more than 80 years ago. Runner-up Newcomer’s prize went to Eddie Hassall.

Mark Goddard won the Most Improved Cup after rapidly revitalising a tired plot he only inherited at Easter. Simon Blackway was runner-up in that category.

A vegetable collection from Spellowgate Allotments won a rare Gold-Plus award at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate – the second successive year that they have won the top award at the prestigious event.

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