Town's South West In Bloom success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 September 2012

Town MP John Penrose, mayor David Hitchins, North Somerset Council chairman Terry Porter and other volunteers at the awards

Town MP John Penrose, mayor David Hitchins, North Somerset Council chairman Terry Porter and other volunteers at the awards

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WESTON has won its first ever gold honour in the South West In Bloom awards.

At an awards ceremony held at Weston’s Winter Gardens yesterday (Thurs), Weston In Bloom was handed a gold award in its category for the first time.

The town also scooped some more success with the Michael McGahey Crystal Cup, which saw the town named as the best bloom group in the entire region for community involvement.

And to continue Weston’s golden run, Richard Knowles, the chairman of Weston In Bloom won a personal award for his contribution to the organisation and town.

Weston’s Bournville estate also won the Gordon Ford Trophy for being the best neighbourhood entry.

The competition forms part of the national Britain In Bloom competition.

Weston Town Council, which sponsors Weston In Bloom, will fly a special gold award flag at its headquarters at Grove House in Grove Park to celebrate the achievement.

Representatives from villages, towns and cities from across the region descended on the Winter Gardens for the award-giving yesterday, as an audience of more than 400 people saw Weston scoop the prizes.

Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “This is the first time ever that Weston has achieved the highest level award. I would like to give my thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work.”

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