Bloomin’ weather!

Northumbria In Bloom judges Ann Pearson and David Goodchild with  Gladys Shield, Sally Sample, Sandie Taylor, Serena Coulter, Josie Mulligan and Jackie Galilee at the Sunday Bunch Garden in the grounds of St Lawrence's Church in Warkworth.
Northumbria In Bloom judges Ann Pearson and David Goodchild with Gladys Shield, Sally Sample, Sandie Taylor, Serena Coulter, Josie Mulligan and Jackie Galilee at the Sunday Bunch Garden in the grounds of St Lawrence's Church in Warkworth.

SUNSHINE and showers prevailed as judges took in the scents and scenes of floral displays across north Northumberland last week.

Teams of Northumbria in Bloom experts visited Alnwick, Felton, Warkworth and Wooler as part of the annual competition which aims to encourage towns and villages to blossom.

Wooler in Bloom's Bill Hanley and Brenda Affleck with Northumbria In Bloom judges Ann Pearson and David Goodchild at the pupils garden at Glendale Middle School.

Wooler in Bloom's Bill Hanley and Brenda Affleck with Northumbria In Bloom judges Ann Pearson and David Goodchild at the pupils garden at Glendale Middle School.

And while tours around Warkworth and Wooler were rain-free, the judges had to don their waterproofs and unearth umbrellas for their visits to Alnwick and Felton as the heavens opened and the rain poured down.

Felton was first on the agenda on Wednesday, where members of the parish council and Felton in Bloom showed off their displays to three bloom experts.

Around the same time another set of inspectors were given the tour of Alnwick, by Alnwick in Bloom representatives, and were shown the new beds at Robert Adam Court.

On Thursday morning, it was Warkworth’s turn. Two judges were shown around by the Warkworth in Bloom committee.

Bloomin wet! The rain didn't dampen the spirits of those involved in the visit to Felton by the Northumbria In Bloom Judges. Casting their eyes over the floral displays were  Ron McParlan, Marjorie Holt and Eddie Wardrobe and they were escorted round the village by representatives of Felton In Bloom and the Parish Council including Elizabeth Sells, Barbara Dickson and Lisa Hamlin.

Bloomin wet! The rain didn't dampen the spirits of those involved in the visit to Felton by the Northumbria In Bloom Judges. Casting their eyes over the floral displays were Ron McParlan, Marjorie Holt and Eddie Wardrobe and they were escorted round the village by representatives of Felton In Bloom and the Parish Council including Elizabeth Sells, Barbara Dickson and Lisa Hamlin.

And the village has another visit this summer as it is going for the Britain in Bloom gong.

Finally it was Wooler’s turn where the Glendale Middle School pupils’ garden was on the itinerary.

The Northumbria In Bloom judges at Robert Adam Court in Alnwick.

The Northumbria In Bloom judges at Robert Adam Court in Alnwick.