Wednesday night was celebration night for the gardeners who entered this year’s March in Bloom Garden Competition.
The Town hall was packed for the annual prize giving with Mayor Andrew Pugh on hand to dole out the certificates along with the various prizes.
Judging took place on Sunday July 7 when the panel made up of town Councillors Bernard Keane and Trevor Quince their wives Sylvia and Pat and the Citizen’s Sarah Cliss visited all the entries.
Overall winner Maggie Phillips, who also won the small garden category, was cock-a-hoop after picking up £50 worth of Skylark vouchers for the category win, a cheque for £50 sponsored by the town council and the winners’ shield.
“It is the first time I have entered and I only did it because I love my garden and am really proud of it. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had won and I hope if shows others that it is always worth having a go,” said Maggie, of Landau Way.
Businessman Bill Kalsi was on hand to present the Friends of March Railway Station with the Selby and Taylor Shield for winning the Business Category.
And a thrilled Michelle Turner, a resident of Conquest Lodge in Dagless Way, collected the Mayor’s special award of £25 together with two garden spinners donated by Skylark for their beach-themed garden entered in the business category.
Other winners were: Poul and Maria Nielsen-Bom, of Henson Road who picked up the prize for the Champion of Champions award - a £50 cheque from the town council.
Margie Silk, of Cavalry Drive, received a bird feeding station donated by R B Johnsons for winning the Pensioners’ category and the Large Garden Category prize of £50 worth of vouchers from West End DIY went to Di Daynes of Grounds Avenue.
The evening also included a buffet and refreshments.
Sarah Cliss, of the Citizen who helped present the awards, said: “The standard in this year’s competition was extremely high and it was really difficult for the judges to pick a winner. In fact there was only a mark or two separating the winners from the other category entries.
“We hope everyone enjoyed the presentation evening and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
“I would also like to thank all our sponsors, without whom this competition would not be able to go ahead.”