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First showing for fuchsia

PUBLISHED: 10:41 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 07 July 2010

The mother of a woman whose daughter was tragically killed in a road crash has shown a new breed of fuchsia named in her honour for the first time.

Debbie Coomber died aged just 24 after the car she was driving was hit by a petrol tanker as she was heading along the A47 southern bypass towards Yarmouth in 1993.

The mother of a woman whose daughter was killed in a road crash has shown a new breed of fuchsia named in her honour for the first time.

Debbie Coomber died aged just 24 after the car she was driving was hit by a petrol tanker as she was heading along the A47 southern bypass towards Yarmouth in 1993.

Last month the Dereham Times reported on how parents Linda and Frank Lambert, from Dereham, had something truly beautiful to remember their daughter by, a new breed of fuchsia named in her honour-Deborah Jane.

At the weekend Mr Lambert, who turned to growing the flowers to get over the grief, was the star of the Shipdham and District Fuchsia Society show by winning best in show.

And Mrs Lambert, who has little experience in growing the plant, did her husband proud by winning the beginner category showing the Deborah Jane.

She said: “I don't know anything about it, but because it was Deborah Jane I thought I'd give it a go. To be fair there was only one entry so I can't really be called the winner if I was the only person taking part.”

The show, held at Dereham memorial hall, saw hundreds flock through the doors to marvel at the assortment of brightly coloured flowers.

Chairman of the society David Horne said: “We have a very high standard of growers. The national judges have said some very good things.

“It's getting new and unusual breeds like Deborah Jane in that keep it exciting.”

tThe Deborah Jane single flowering pastel-coloured fuchsia will be released to the public next year.

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