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Festival hoping it will come up smelling of roses

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Hopes are high that this weekend will come up smelling of roses for RV Roger.

The nursery on Malton Road, Pickering, is expected to welcome thousands of people – as well as the legendary Calendar Girls – for its second annual Pickering Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 350 amateur rose growers have submitted entries for the competition organised by the British Isles Rose Society Championship.

The weekend will include a visit from the Calendar Girls, whose “nude” calendar raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research, and who will have a rose named in their honour.

It will also see the official launch of “A Rose for Ryedale” when it is presented to Cllr Luke Ives, the chairman of Ryedale District Council, on Saturday.

“The Rose for Ryedale is a wonderful way to raise the profile of the district and funds for a local charity,” he said.

Various national championship competitions will be staged, one of which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

“It is the biggest show of its kind in the country,” said David Wilce, organiser and founder of the society.

“Rose growing is as popular today as it ever has been.”

 

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