LITTLE Branden Buckley was toasted the cream of the crop when he scooped up the most points in a Saddleworth village’s legendary horticultural show.

Branden, aged just seven, produced a stunning miniature garden and colourful floral display for Delph’s 91st annual horticultural and craft society show.

And he and other young contestants received praise from the event committee and Cllr John Hudson, Oldham’s former mayor, who presented the prizes.

Cllr Hudson said: “The Delph show keeps a tremendous Saddleworth tradition alive. It ensures local traditions

remain very much part of village life in our communities.

“And in turn these on to become part of the wider picture benefitting Oldham and beyond,” he added.

A committee spokesman said despite mixed weather there were some strong entries and added: “It is wonderful to see youngsters contesting the different classes. They are laying down a marker for the future.”

Branden is a member of Delph’s gardening club at the village school. Last year, his creativity and flair earned him the top award for the best exhibit in a keenly-contested show.

His entry, “Chirpy Chive,” showed a cartoon face carefully modelled on a plant pot, with chives and greenery sprouting out of the pot’s top and sides.

This year’s prize winners:

FC Memorial Cup: Norma Race; Hollingsworth Cup: John Moon; Shirley MD Cup: Anne Smith; Sue Lund Cup: Poppy Garlick; Delph Cup: Trevor Worthington.

Henry Moore Cup (Cl 1): Trevor Worthington; Henry Moore Cup (Cl 4): Jenny Wood; The Leek Cup: Trevor Worthington; June and Glen Wood Cup (Cl 9): Alan Wood.

J Pogson Cup: Val Durose; Dale Harrison Trophy: Ann Smith; Gladioli Cup: Ann Smith; G Kershaw Cup: Jenny Wood; R. Mallalieu Vase 1: Gill Davies, R. Mallalieu Vase 2: Ann Smith.

The Handicraft Cup: Paul Sykes; Trophy (most points): Branden Buckley; Trophy (best in show): Poppy Garlick.