THE chief executive of Southport Flower Show will leave his role this month after five years at the helm of the popular horticultural event.
David Jackson has played a major role in developing the annual show, extending its attractions beyond nature in recent years.
On hearing the news of his departure organisers praised the contribution made by Mr Jackson, who revealed his pride at the role he played.
Last year 70,000 visitors enjoyed the flower show despite heavy rain throughout the four day event.
Coronation Street stars David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper, and Patti Clare, who plays Mary Taylor, were among the special guests who drew in the crowds.
Mr Jackson oversaw the extension of the flower show beyond horticulture to books, food and crafts, boosting interest in the historic event.
Pleased with his achievements, he said: “I have been proud to be chief executive of Southport Flower Show for five years. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team and the many people who are involved and feel passionate about the show. The event will always retain its horticultural heart, but my aim has been to develop the show’s appeal to a much wider audience. So, it has been a delight to welcome people of all ages and walks of life, including crafters, book lovers, foodies and families, in addition to dedicated gardeners through the gates over recent years.”
The Southport Flower Show board and the in-house team will take over the organisation and running of the 2013 show and future shows until further notice.
Tim Timmerman, chairman of the show, expressed his appreciation for the major contribution made by Mr Jackson, who is moving away from the area.
He said: “David has worked very hard both to take the show forward and develop his team.
“We now have a highly experienced team that put on the show each year and that legacy of a strong foundation coupled with the improvements in terms of our visitor experience will ensure the future of Southport’s main event – the Southport Flower Show – will continue to grow.”