BRIGHT holiday skies welcomed the 65th annual Ducklington Flower Show on Monday.

It was a fun-filled day for the whole family as visitors were treated to beautiful bouquets, fresh produce and diverse dance performances all day.

Visitors were also treated to a host of educational activities including flower arranging, handcraft, and drawing and photography classes for children.

The event was hosted by the Ducklington & Hardwick Produce Association.

Helen Strainge, the show secretary, said she was "overcome" with happiness at how successful the event had been.

She said: "It was stunning. My favourite thing is just to see everyone hanging out and enjoying it.

"I’ve always lived in the village, for 37 years, and I remember going as a child.

"I’ve been on the committee for six years now, and we’re always trying to improve it. We tweak everything a bit each year and try to make it better. It is the biggest thing we do in Ducklington."

Though attendance was down slightly from previous years, Mrs Strainge insists the quality far outweighed the quantity. The show boasted 60 exhibits and 125 exhibitors this year.

Held at the Ducklington Sports Ground, the free entry included all performances and a fancy dress competition where children won prizes.

Several dance performances proved to be big hits with the crowds, such as contemporary Californian dancing from Deborah Manning School of Dance students and belly dancing by Hazzaz Belly Dancers.

Any profit gained from the show is given back to the community. In past years, funds have been given to St Bartholomew's Church. The success of this year's event ensures it will continue serving the Ducklington community.

Ms Strainge said: "It really warms my heart. It’s so nice to see everyone else enjoying it as much as I do.

"It’s always so amazing to see as individuals, when we all group together, how exceptional we all are."