A SOUTH Somerset florist scooped a top prize at the recent Axe Vale Festival.

Jackie Nicholls, of Ashville Design, was awarded the Best Presented Stand in the Craft Marquee 2017 at the two-day festival at Axminster Showground in Devon.

Jackie was showcasing her artificial flower arrangements.

She said: “I was completely taken by surprise and blushed. At the time, I was looking out of the marquee taking advantage of a rare breeze in the sweltering heat.

“I turned around and saw three people walking towards me with a large trophy, all smiling and wondered which stand they were heading for.

“Then there was a round of applause and chairman Tony Benger presented me with the cup, a certificate and £100.

“I was absolutely thrilled to bits to think that out of all the lovely stands in the craft marquee, the judge chose this one. I’m really passionate about my work and am truly honoured.”