Town is blooming beautiful for judges

Chris and  Kev Horner helping to keep the town's flower beds in tip-top condition
Chris and Kev Horner helping to keep the town's flower beds in tip-top condition

Garstang’s very own green team was out in force this week.

The Garstang Bloomers were determined to ensure the town’s flower power was at its finest for Tuesday’s judging of the North West in Bloom contest.

The bid to create a horticultural heaven was boosted by the volunteer effforts of the town’s fire crew.

Chris (Jack) Horner and his brother Kevin, respectively unit and crew manager at Garstang Fire Station volunteered to help water the parched flower displays round the town.

Chris said: ”We’re just doing our bit for the community. We’re giving our time for nothing and help whenever we can.”

Garstang In Bloom chair Norah Hoyles said: “We’re just very grateful to the brigade for helping us out with the water. It’s fantastic they’re doing it in their own time.”

Meanwhile the eagerly awaited results have been announced for the Garstang In Bloom business contest.

Three generations of the Topping family from Barton Grange visited the town recently to judge the many businesses adorned with baskets and special window box and tub displays.

Norah thanked the businesses for taking part and for the work involved in creating and maintaining their displays. She said: “All the people who support Garstang In Bloom are worth their weight in gold. There’s a lot of people working in the background for Bloom - it’s not just about flowers - the whole community works with children from the schools, community groups and the residents, everyone pulls together.”

The results are:

Overall Winner: The Royal Oak, Garstang

Large Business:

1st: L. Steward Dimond & Son Funeral Directors

2nd: Carr’s Jewellers

3rd: Nickson’s DIY, Bedrooms and Kitchens

Small Businesses

1st: White’s of Garstang

2nd: Billington’s and Conway Cards

3rd: Timpson’s

Banks, Building Societies and Estate Agents

1st: Dewhurst Homes

2nd: Barclays

3rd: Natwest

Pubs and Hotels

1st- Royal Oak

2nd: Th’Owd Tithe Barn

3rd: Wheatsheaf