Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perennial Winners Do It Again

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perennial Winners Do It Again

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior reporter

A VILLAGE where everyone digs deep, a community which refused to let the vandals win and a coastal jewel in the crown are among the Teesside winners in this year's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Hardy perennials Moorsholm, Eston and Saltburn have kept up their tradition in the event by again bagging prizes.

And in the results announced yesterday, Moorsholm even came away with the top prize, winning the Percy Boydell Trophy for overall best entry to add to its already distinguished list of achievements. Along with the trophy for best village and a gold medal certificate, Moorsholm is also one of Northumbria in Bloom's entries in the national Britain in Bloom competition.

The judges said of Moorsholm: "It is remarkable to see a village where such a large percentage of the population is willing to devote so much time and effort to help the core team with the very large workload.

"It is due to the diligence, expertise and persuasive powers of that team that the entire village seems to support them so enthusiastically."

Eston, which wins the best urban community prize, will also represent the region at Britain in Bloom. And its success is another slap in the face for the vandals who persistently targeted its displays during the summer. Sixty villages, towns and cities were visited by Northumbria in Bloom judges in spring and summer. Of those, 26 achieved gold certificates, and more than 100 Special Award entrants were awarded the gold standard - in a year when the competition is celebrating its golden, or 50th, anniversary.

Chairman of Northumbria in Bloom Eileen Burn said: "This has been a very successful bloom year for communities throughout the North-east.

"In a year when the start of the Great War is being commemorated, judges have seen thoughtful displays of poppies, red and white carpet beds and restored war memorials, at the same time enjoying celebrations for our golden anniversary with burgeoning golden floral displays, 50th birthday cakes on their visits, and even a 50th anniversary peel of church bells. …

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