Silver success but gold next
They were going for gold but Leighton-Linslade has once again had to settle for a silver award in the Anglia in Bloom competition. But they will be back next year aiming even higher.
The Anglia in Bloom 2012 awards were announced on September 2012 in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, where Leighton-Linslade Town Council were awarded the High Silver Gilt Award, having been entered in the small city category, for between 35,001-100,000 residents.
Councillor Alan Brandham said: “I am thoroughly delighted to get the high silver gilt award. It is a brilliant achievement and the flowers have made the town look rather pretty ever since. We were very pleased to get what we got.”
As well as raising £1,894 for Willen Hospice, Leighton received positive comments and praise for the planters and hanging baskets throughout the town centre, but were pipped to the post by Colchester who won the section.
Mr Brandham added: “It is very difficult to get gold and the only ones that I know of to get it often is St Albans. It depends on how much money is spent, as well as the ideas and concepts so it is a major step to get gold. You are obviously in the hands of the weather, but we will look at the other categories to enter more next year and achieve special awards. To get gold is like being at the Olympics, you need training, money and dedication. The work that goes into it is quite tremendous.”
Under the Best Industrial/Commercial Area, the ‘Off The Rails’ team at Leighton Railway Station received a nomination but lost out to The Old Station, Heacham, while in the Best Young Persons Project, the Tactic Centre was also nominated but Acle High School Garden Club triumphed and the overall winner of Anglia in Bloom was Halstead.
The award ceremony was attended by the Town’s ‘In Bloom’ team and senior operations manager, Lisa Jarvis, who said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in the Anglia in Bloom campaign. A big thank you goes out to the many volunteers and businesses who donated time and money which contributed to the success of this year’s entry.”
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Saturday 18 May 2013
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