Winners and runners up of Mid and East Antrim In Bloom’s ‘Tallest Sunflower’ competition

The winner and runners-up of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition have been announced.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 3:06 pm
The winner and runners-up of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition have been announced.

In April, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council distributed 7000 packets of free sunflower seed to schools across the borough to get children growing as part of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom initiative.

MEA Mayor, Councillor William McCaughey said: “It’s been a tough summer for sunflowers with excess heat in July and lots of wind and rain in August but I am really impressed by the number of applications and the height of the sunflowers this year.

“This competition really catches the imagination of our young people and after months of tender loving care by these young gardeners it is wonderful to see the end results. The time and dedication entrants spend on tending their sunflowers is extraordinary and is a credit to them.”

Winner - Marshall Spence, age 6, Eden Carrickfergus.

“I am delighted to announce the winner is Marshall Spence, aged 6, from Eden, whose sunflower grew to a magnificent 3 metres and 29cms.

“First runners-up are Sonny, Charlie and Connie Hall, aged 7, 5 and 1, from Ahoghill, who grew their sunflower together measuring a mighty 3 metres and 20cms.

“Joint second runners-up are sisters Emily and Ruby McGookin, aged 11 and 5, from Carrickfergus and Annie Deller, aged 11, from Larne, both sunflowers measuring a blooming 2 metres and 98cms. Well done everyone.”

Runner up - Sonny, Charlie and Connie Hall, Ahoghill.
Runner up - Annie Deller, Larne.
Runner up - Ruby and Emily McGookin, Carrickfergus.