Judges enjoy a blooming great tour of town

Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice, left, and Saskia Peet, from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town, as they visit Len Stringer's, centre, garden area on Longwestgate.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  112762c
Yorkshire in Bloom judges Melvyn Rice, left, and Saskia Peet, from Sheffield, get a warm welcome to the Old Town, as they visit Len Stringer's, centre, garden area on Longwestgate. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112762c
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SCARBOROUGH blossomed as judging day arrived for this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

Judges spent a whole day meeting communities and being shown Scarborough’s horticulture.

Judges Melvin Riley and Saskia Peet, both from Sheffield, judged several categories on the same day.

They met volunteers from across the area, from children who designed the flowerbeds on Valley Road to Old Town favourite, Len Stringer.

The judging route started at Wheelhouse Square, where residents have transformed the area they live in.

Judges were shown the Old Town neighbourhood by Cllr Janet Jefferson, and met a variety of volunteers as well as the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough.

They also visited Shuttleworth Gardens and met the Friends and Residents of Trafalgar Square as well as many Scarborough in Bloom volunteers.

Vice-chair of Scarborough in Bloom Martin Smith said: “It’s been a very positive day and the judges seemed impressed by several aspects of the town, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits or theirs. Hopefully they will appreciate all of the hard work that volunteers put into our town.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to support the community and who works hard throughout they year.”

Results will be announced in September.