Great Yarmouth goes for gold again as Anglia in Bloom judges visit
Great Yarmouth was visited recently by the Anglia in Bloom judges - and the In Bloom volunteers are keeping their green fingers crossed in the hope of gaining another gold award for the town.
Five years ago, Great Yarmouth was awarded its first gold standard award for Anglia In Bloom, and has since become a hardy annual in achieving gold in the coastal town category.
The judging was the pinnacle of 12 months' work by the In Bloom team and Great Yarmouth Borough Council's operational partner, GYB Services Ltd, to keep the floral displays outside the Town Hall and along the seafront, as well as the wider environment, looking pristine.
The Anglia in Bloom judges Nolan Mills, Chris Durham visited Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 10th July, to once again assess Great Yarmouth; this year they were also accompanied by trainee judge Paul Robson.
Cllr Michael Jeal, The Mayor of Great Yarmouth, welcomed the judges at the Town Hall. As part of their tour, the judges looked for horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
The judges' tour began at the Town Hall where our Mayor Cllr Michael Jeal welcomed our visitors before proceeding on a three hour inspection of Great Yarmouth visiting: Centre 81, Bure Park, Racecourse, North Denes, and the newly renovated Boating Lake and Waterways before viewing the historic wooden stadium within Wellesley Road. A tour of our seafront included Great Yarmouth's international bowling green, Anchor Gardens, the hanging baskets in Regent Road, Merrivale Model Village, and Sara's Tearooms, together with the wonderful displays at the Guest Houses in Trafalgar Road before finishing in St George's Park. After a quick lunch at The Courtyard, the judges then proceeded to Filby to judge this lovely village within the borough.
Sue Hacon, co-ordinator of In Bloom, said she was hoping for another Gold result and was very proud of the team for the work carried out throughout the 12 months.
She said: "The floral displays are looking fabulous this year and this is a credit to the hard work of the volunteers and grounds staff. The judges were very impressed, both with our efforts and Great Yarmouth's heritage, and we had a great day for showing them around.
"Over recent years, we've achieved gold awards from Anglia in Bloom, and we're all keeping our green fingers crossed to achieve that and more when the results are announced this September. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with our entry."