and Highbridge celebrate Britain In Bloom award wins
were underway in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Thursday (September
15th) after both towns won sought-after Silver Gilt awards at
the annual Britain In Bloom prize ceremony.
Teams from both towns joined almost 500 people at a special ceremony
in Newquay's Atlantic Hotel where the good news was announced.
The Burnham In Bloom team - comprising Dave Perrett and Richard
Young - 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 - were also celebrating
after scooping a Silver Gilt award in the Ayre Cup section.
The Highbridge team was also surprised to receive the Wheatley
Trophy for the 'most outstanding industrial site', which was awarded
for Highbridge Railway Station's colourful blooms and decorations.
wonderful that Highbridge has retained its Silver Gilt award and
that the railway station has been recognised in this way,"
Mrs Lyes told Burnham-On-Sea.com. She thanked all those who helped
with this year's displays.
Burnham also received a number of neighbourhood awards, with
St Joseph's School Gardening Club and Hillview Juvenile Carnival
Club awarded 'thriving' certificates, while Berrow School, Burnham
Dreamscheme and the Friends of Marine Cove were awarded 'outstanding'
Burnham's Richard Young told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Burnham
In Bloom team are highly delighted to have retained the Silver
Gilt award for a second year running. It's also great that the
town has received several neighbourhood awards. We thank the local
councils and all the residents for their support."
Burnham and Highbridge Mayor, Michael Clarke, who attended Thursday's
ceremony in Newquay with his wife, Mayoress Maria Clarke, added:
"Burnham and Highbridge's bloom teams are a great credit
to the towns. It makes you so proud when a strong community effort
like this is rewarded with these great results."
Our photos show (top) several members of Burnham In Bloom
and (above) Highbridge In Bloom