Double celebration for Barnoldswick on national bloom judging day

Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney, national Britain in Bloom judges, with some of the Barnoldswick in Bloom team at the Town Square Sea Wall during the town's first appearance in the national finals of the event. Picture by Naz Alam/Colin Bean.
Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney, national Britain in Bloom judges, with some of the Barnoldswick in Bloom team at the Town Square Sea Wall during the town's first appearance in the national finals of the event. Picture by Naz Alam/Colin Bean.

There was double cause for Barnoldswick to celebrate this week as national Britain in Bloom judges visited the town for the first time in its history.

Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney spent three hours of Tuesday morning inspecting Barnoldswick’s stellar efforts with the spectacular Sea Wall taking centre stage.

The judging event coincided with the 25th birthday of Barnoldswick Town Square and a party was held afterwards.

The Barnoldswick in Bloom team will find out in the autumn if the quest for gold in the national competition has been successful.

The town is competing against Cupar, Dalton with Newton, Falmouth, Henley-on-Thames, Pembrey and Burry Port and Tewkesbury for a gold medal.

Coun. David Whipp said: “The judges had a great morning in Barnoldswick. The town was in tip top shape after a small army of volunteers devoted many hours to clean and cultivate.

“We also had BBC Lancashire doing a live broadcast from the Town Square where we held a 25th birthday party for the square.

“We now have to wait until October to find out if we’ve secured a gold medal for Barnoldswick in the national finals.

“In the meantime, we can enjoy the town looking better than it ever has. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have worked so tirelessly for our town.”