Published: September 21, 2010
Mayor congratulates Burnham and Highbridge Bloom teams

Burnham and Highbridge’s Mayor and Mayoress have this week congratulated the two towns' volunteers for scooping awards in the Britain In Bloom competition.

Cllr Michael Clarke and his wife, Mayoress Maria Clarke, met the victorious groups to pass on their thanks after both towns achieved Silver Gilt awards.

The Mayor told "Both towns have done incredibly well and I am very proud of what they have done and want to pass on my congratulations to everyone who has helped."

"Taking part in competitions like this brings the community together and shows what good volunteers can do. Both towns have looked so colourful over the summer thanks to the work that the groups put in." first reported last week how the teams had travelled to an awards ceremony in the Assembly Rooms in Bath where they received the good news.

The Burnham In Bloom team - comprising Dave Perrett, Richard Young, Sara White and Jo Brown - received a Silver Gilt award in the Sargent Cup section.

And Highbridge In Bloom's team - consisting of Phil and Pam Lyes, Joyce Curtis, Bill Fisher and Ray Reddish - scooped a Silver Gilt award in the Ayre Cup section.

Highbridge also received special neighbourhood certificates for Morland Residents' Association, the Friends of Apex Park and St John's School.

And the success didn't stop there, with Highbridge's Dreamscheme (pictured above) also receiving a joint first place with Falmouth School in the South West In Bloom Youth Awards.

The group won a special trophy for the youngsters' hard work during the summer months, making hanging baskets and tidying the town centre.

Thursday's awards ceremony was overseen by Bob Flowerdew and Jekka McVicar, two experts who appear on BBC TV and radio gardening programmes.

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