It was a night of jubilation as green-fingered residents once again proved that Pendle is “blooming brilliant”.
Attended by over 20 representatives from the borough, this year’s North West in Bloom ceremony was held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Thursday.
Colne and Barnoldswick both came out on top, with Colne scooping gold in the “Best Large Town” category for the fifth time and Barnoldswick bagging gold for “Best Town”. Coun. Dorothy Lord, who chairs Colne In Bloom, said: “I didn’t go to the ceremony, but I have seen everybody since, and they were just over the moon.
“It started with just Colne, and now there is a massive big team from Pendle, which is brilliant. It was apparently the noisiest table there this year, because they were all cheering for each other.”
Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman, Coun. Ken Hartley, said: “We have had five awards in three years of competition which is a great achievement. Thanks must go to all the volunteers who put in the time and effort.”
Silver gilt medals were awarded to Blacko for “Best Village”, and to Trawden and Barrowford for “Best Small Town”.
Laneshaw Bridge, which entered the contest for the first time this year earned a silver prize in the “Best Large Village” category.
Colne was also recognised in the Neighbourhood Awards Ceremony, with North Valley Community Centre being dubbed “Outstanding”.
Laneshaw Bridge parish councillor Coun. Anne Constable, said: “We would just like to say a massive thank you to the people in the village who have gone the extra mile. We are so so proud.”
Barrowford in Bloom secretary Susan Sunderland said: “We are pleased with our achievement as we are a small group of volunteers, who rely on our own efforts, rather than a large corporate sponsorship.”
Speaking on behalf of Blacko in Bloom and Colne’s villages, County. Coun Paul White said: “It’s great to see our villages doing so well. The whole project makes a huge difference to the area. It’s about more than just flowers, it’s about community spirit that these teams manage to build.”
And Trawden in Bloom’s Bev Robinson added: “We are so pleased to have had so much success in North West in Bloom. The benefits have been a great village pride – we don’t have as much litter, and people are saying how nice it looks.”
Barnoldswick was also presented with the coveted “Greenall Whitley Trophy” for “Best Feature in a Public Place”.
Lindsay Gaskell, Barnoldswick in Bloom secretary added: “We were stunned when we won the trophy for the best feature in the North West.
“The award was for our home made pop-up planters which were filled with edible plants cultivated in schools and displayed on the Town Square in July and August.
“In previous years, the award has been for displays costing a small fortune in cities and major destinations.
“It’s fantastic that Barlick won the trophy with free seeds, some old pallets and lots of enthusiastic youngsters in local schools.”
The Linden Homes prize for best “Private Front Garden” went to Trawden’s Lynne Barnes for her Mr McGregor’s Garden.
And Pendle Council’s street cleansing team was also left in high spirits, after picking up a special Local Authority Environmental Award.
Waste services manager David Walker said: “It’s an honour to have this kind of recognition. Our teams work extremely hard throughout the year and there is obvious pride in what they do.”