The patrons, to name a few, were the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall J C Williams, Major Dorrien-Smith DSO; Sir Clifford Cory, Cart MP; T Robins Bolitho, BA, DL, JP and PD Williams, BA, JP. The organising committee was chairman Reverend A T Boscawen; vice chairman SJ James, CC, JP; Hon Treasurer C Baxley; Hon Secretary H W Abbiss, NDH, Horticultural Superintendent, County Hall, Truro, who had the assistance of Mr E C Harvey, clerk of Penzance and District Education Committee.
G Munro, of Covent Garden, said that the climate should enable the South West to produce more and keep a great deal of money in the country. Many items at the time were being brought from Italy and France that could be produced here, violets for one.
Ten years later, entries practically doubled.
Blooms Ablaze at Penzance was the newspaper headline for March 21, 1934.
A view from the gallery of the hall was one of transcending beauty, row upon row of flowers blooming in all their loveliness were arrayed below, while their fragrance pervaded everywhere, stately golden daffodils smiled at blushing carnations; while white heads of broccoli, lettuce and cabbages were well arranged around the side of the hall, with a new venture of a tent at the rear of the hall in which Broccoli packing competitions were carried out.
In the packed broccoli classes there were nearly a hundred boxes entered, the violets and anemones were much in evidence as well.
At the opening ceremony Canon AT Boscawen, vice president, spoke as Lord St Levan was in North Africa, but we were very gratified he said that HRH The Duke of Cornwall has shown his interest in the great industry of country and an especial interest in his own county with the new Prince of Wales Perpetual Cup. Major Hilgrove Mccormack, MC (secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall) declared the Spring Show open, and said it was a great pleasure and honour for him, because he believed it was the first show of that type in the country and the success of it reflected great credit on the people who had the initiative and enterprise to start it.
Premium broccoli awards went to Messers Jeffrey and Sons of Trannack and MW Vellanoweth, of Perranuthnoe.