Blacko villagers celebrated their success in the Lancashire Best-Kept Village competition with a social organised by the Events Committee at the Rising Sun.
As well as winning the champion class – making it the best-kept village in the whole county, Blacko was also judged to have the best shop and playing field with the school as runner-up.
The pub was filled to capacity for villagers to let their hair down and see the trophies, the plaque and a water colour painting of the war memorial by Gordon Wilkinson, the Lancashire Life artist.
The evening also saw the presentation of the Peter Reed Cup, which is awarded annually to the person deemed to have contributed most to the parish. This year’s worthy winners were Kelly and John Ingham, mine hosts at the Rising Sun.
Over the years they have held theme nights in the pub, assisted by the Events Committee to raise money for village amenities.
And for the last 12 months have run the increasingly popular monthly Blacko Luncheon Clubs.
The evening was also an opportunity to thank all those who have worked hard in the parish, not only villagers, but those who have provided services, along with the several generous sponsors of the competition and North West in Bloom.