Blooming marvellous - Wisbech scoops gold in awards

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ORGANISERS of Wisbech in Bloom are celebrating this morning after scooping top place int he large town category for the second year running and a gold medal for the fifth year in a row.

In-Bloom committee chairman Brian Massingham said hopes were low for success in this years Anglia In Bloom competition because of the ‘Beirut-like’ state of Wisbech with all the on-going road works.

But the fears proved groundless at yesterday’s awards announcement with Wisbech proving top in its category again this year beating the likes of Bury St Edmunds, Baldock and also neighbouring Fenland towns of the March and Whittlesey.

“Obviously we are absolutely delighted. I really didn’t think we stood much of a chance this year and thought we might be looking at silver because the town looked a bit like Beirut with all the road works which were going on. So it makes it even better that we have won.

“We beat towns that spend a lot of money on their In Bloom bid, we get a bit from the town council and rely on sponsor of baskets,” said Mr Massingham.

And the town’s Waterlees also did well winning silver in the urban community award.

There was also good news for Payne Primary School at Parson Drove which won best young people’s project for the under 12s with their Jubilee garden.

Neighbouring March won a silver gilt award along with Whittlesey in the large town category.

It was silver gilt too for Chatteris in its category for town of between 6,000 and 12,000.

There was double joy for Manea which won a surprise triumph in the best conservation project for Manea Pit as well as a silver gilt for best large village of between 1,001 and 2,500 residents. In the same category Parson Drove scooped silver gilt.

For full story and pictures see next Wednesday’s Citizen.