This year’s allotment association show  was opened by former professional sprinter Marlon Devonish MBE who is himself a Windsor Allotment gardener.  The Olympic gold medal winner who is soon to become a father joked with the crowd about the state of his allotment and his being unlikely to win any further trophies on this occasion.

After cutting the ribbon to declare the event open, Marlon entertained the crowd by crashing through the doorway chest first as if it were the end of the race. He then spent time looking around at the prizes winning exhibits for a good half hour. 

Meanwhile around the back of the hall there were stands offering food and drink for sale as well as entertaining games and raffle prices. A brass band and Morris dancers were also on hand to entertain.