90th birthday blooms presented to former Ottery resident for Devon County Show dedication

Blooms for a 90th birthday were presented to a former Ottery St Mary resident who gave more than three decades’ dedication to the Devon County Show.

Joan Mitchell, a former county show crafts and garden steward of 36 years, was given the floral display to mark her 90th birthday, presented by Devon County Show’s chief steward, Deborah Custance-Baker.

Keen gardener Joan, who now lives in Taunton, Somerset, was a Devon County Show steward in the floral crafts tent, when the event was held at the Whipton showground, in Exeter.

The birthday blooms – 90 stems to mark 90 years – were created by Wendy Frost, a member of the Cullompton Flower Club, who Joan met from her days stewarding the floral art competition.

Lisa Moore, who arranges Devon County Show features said: “Joan was a fantastic steward and a joy to work with.

“What we remember in particular were her famous drapes which she provided to adorn the tables in the marquee.

“These were used for many decades and long after Joan departed. In fact, they were only very recently retired in 2018.”

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The birthday blooms were created by Wendy Frost, a member of the Cullompton Flower Club, who Joan met from her days stewarding the floral art competition.

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