MP's Littleproud trophy a thrill

OLD FRIENDS: Maranoa MP David Littleproud presents his namesake trophy to pavilion champion Daphne Taylor at the Chinchilla Show.
OLD FRIENDS: Maranoa MP David Littleproud presents his namesake trophy to pavilion champion Daphne Taylor at the Chinchilla Show. Contributed

NOT everyone can say they once babysat a federal MP but moons ago the first-ever recipient of the David Littleproud trophy, Daphne Taylor, did just that.

The Chinchilla Show pavilion champion said she was "absolutely over the moon” to be presented with the trophy by Mr Littleproud himself, who took a leave of absence from his parliamentary duties for the occasion.

"I have to be thrilled haven't I? I nursed David when he was a baby, I used to babysit him so I'm just absolutely thrilled,” she said.

"David's father Brian was a member of State Parliament and if there was ever anything important on and Peta went with him I used to babysit the three kids for them. Because we never had a family of our own...and we were good friends. They were just little fellas then.”

Mr Littleproud is a proud Chinchilla boy and it is fitting to have a trophy named in his honour Mrs Taylor said.

"He has Chinchilla at heart, he's been well known around the place and the Littleproud family has been around for hundreds of years.”

An avid gardener, this year Mrs Taylor entered more than 70 items into the show pavilion's pot plant and flori-culture sections.

"I got second prize for a gerbera, and second for three different shrubs and first prize with a variation plant and a champion with a Banksia that I have on the foot path.”

Mrs Taylor said it was not the first time she has won pavilion champion for her prized plants and flowers and that while it takes a lot of work to prepare her entries she has been entering the show for "many years”.

"My favourite is gerberas, with the flowers you can only take what's there on the day but with pot plants it takes a few weeks's a lot of work but it's worth it I like to help make it a nice show,” she said.

"I have won many times. And in the pot plant section I myself donate the trophy but I have won it myself for six years.”

Mrs Taylor said she had spent a lot of time in her garden since her husband of 59 years, Colin, passed away in January.

"My passion comes from my Mum; It's very relaxing and great therapy; since Colin died I've been out there a lot.

"He would have been really thrilled and very excited for David to be presenting the trophy and for me to win it.”

"We have always worked at the show, even my mother, and I used to help her and Colin and myself were very involved. We're life long members of the show society.”

Mrs Taylor said she plans to proudly display the trophy on a wall at home.

"People will be impressed about that won't they?”

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