Judges run the rule over Scarborough

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SCARBOROUGH’S bid for floral glory in 2011 was given its first test yesterday as Yorkshire in Bloom judges came to town.

Judges Melvyn Riley and Saskia Peet received a guided tour of the resort, including the North and South Bay, and checked out good examples of the community working together during the visit.

The Scarborough in Bloom group is looking to achieve similar success to last year’s competition when it was awarded a prestigious gold medal.

Roger Burnett, Scarborough Council’s new community environment manager, said: “We have the best volunteers to be found anywhere. The judges were taken to see many community projects that are taking place and we were able to show them how Scarborough people work together for the good of the town.

“This is the first of two visits that the judges will make and we will welcome them back again in mid-July.”

He added: “It would be great if they had a keen interest in gardening. But we would welcome anyone with different skills. Britain in Bloom is no longer simply a floral campaign but encompasses environmental and community aspects as well.

“So we would welcome people to the group who are happy to tackle a wide range of tasks. It’s also important to stress that Scarborough in Bloom volunteers don’t spend a great deal of time in meetings. Anyone who can give just an hour or two would be welcomed with open arms.”