It’s double gold as towns shine in floral contest

The team⬦Elizabeth Wiles, Nick Irwin, John Sayers, Bradley Smith, Lyndon Collier. ANL-140915-195041009
The team⬦Elizabeth Wiles, Nick Irwin, John Sayers, Bradley Smith, Lyndon Collier. ANL-140915-195041009
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Sudbury and Halstead are both celebrating after being given gold at the Anglia in Bloom awards, with Halstead being named best town.

It is the second year in a row that Halstead has topped the list – it was also named as a finalist in the overall Anglia in Bloom competition.

Sudbury, meanwhile, picked up a stack of awards – with gold in overall town, as well as a silver gilt for Belle Vue Park and a silver for Newton Road cemetery.

The gold award surprised Nick Irwin, Sudbury in Bloom committee chairman.

“It’s really good,” he said. “I didn’t quite expect it this year. I must thank all the contractors, workers and town centre staff who have done extremely well.

“We are just a small committee who work all through the year towards raising money and awareness for Sudbury in Bloom.”

Mr Irwin said the committee would welcome new members who could help as much or little as they wanted.

He also pleaded with residents to help him keep the town looking as good throughout the year.

“Already, weeds are coming through,” he said.

“For the last two years, we have had nothing but compliments about it and how much better it makes the town.

“We have now got to persuade people that it’s not just something for one week – it should be all year round.”

Mr Irwin said the committee’s work was “very important”, explaining that it provided a nice area for tourists to visit and to stay.

“We want to present Sudbury as a pretty town,” he said. “Then perhaps visitors will tell all their friends and Sudbury will get the accolades it deserves.”

Work has already started on planning next year’s theme, with Mr Irwin looking to take on French influences.