The North West in Bloom judging team was to be given a flower filled welcome when it swept into Garstang yesterday.
Garstang in Bloom chairman Norah Hoyles was to give the judges a VIP tour of the town, confident in the knowledge that her team of Bloomers and other volunteers had been out tidying and making last minute checks on Monday evening to prepare for the visit.
The Courier, too, was inspired by flower power, with the windows of our offices on Park Hill Road and off Thomas’ Weind being turned into a giant picture display featuring paintings and drawings of flowers by pupils at the local primary schools of St Mary and St Michael’s and Garstang Community.
But whilst the town waits to hear if it has scored well in the regional horticultural contest, local businesses are already celebrating success on home ground.
The Garstang In Bloom Business awards were judged earlier in the month by the town’s Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Graham and Mrs Kathy Salisbury, and Garstang’s Deputy Young Mayor, Faye Mower.
The just announced results were as follows: Banks: 1, Barclays; 2, NatWest. Pubs: 1, Royal Oak; 2,Wheatsheaf; 3, Farmers Arms. Large businesses: 1, Whites of Garstang; 2, Carr and Son; 3,Singleton’s butchers. Small business: 1,Timpson; 2, Chic Lingerie; 3, House of Frances.
Meanwhile for Garstang Community Primary school pupils there was joy as they learnt they had been awarded a gold rating in the Young Wyre in Bloom awards.
Retired Year 3 teacher Laurie Seddon, who led the school’s sensory garden project, has continued to work with pupils and parents to help maintain the school’s showpiece grounds.
Headteacher Stephanie Reeves said the gold rating was an accolade the school had been working towards. “It repays all the hard work people have put in,” she said.