Northumbria in Bloom awards for floral efforts around county

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents the Large Village Award to Serena Coulter  from Warkworth'Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents the Large Village Award to Serena Coulter from Warkworth'Picture by Jane Coltman

Green-fingered enthusiasts have been honoured for their floral efforts at the prestigious 2015 Northumbria in Bloom awards ceremony.

The renowned event, held in Berwick for the first time, was staged on Tuesday and former constituency MP Sir Alan Beith presented the prizes.

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents Silver Gilt to Elizabeth Jones on behalf of Lesbury. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents Silver Gilt to Elizabeth Jones on behalf of Lesbury. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

And there was plenty to smile about for those who have helped to make towns and villages in north Northumberland look bloomin’ lovely, including Warkworth, Alnwick and Lesbury.

In the major awards, Warkworth secured gold and took the title for the Best Large Village.

Reflecting on this, Serena Coulter, from the in bloom team, said: “We have won Best Large Village for the 13th time in a row, which surely must be some sort of record.

“We say each year that we are going for gold, but we do it for the village. Even if we didn’t compete, we would do it because it makes the village look nice.

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents Gold to Alnwick In Bloom'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015' Sir Alan Beith presents Gold to Alnwick In Bloom'Picture by Jane Coltman

“It really is a big community effort and this success really is about the whole village.”

It was a memorable day for Alnwick, which was awarded gold in the Town section, although it lost out to category-winners Morpeth. Berwick secured a silver gilt in the same contest.

Elizabeth Jones, chairman of Alnwick in Bloom, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with this. Alnwick in Bloom thinks Alnwick has just sparkled this year.

“It has been an absolutely splendid year and we have received wonderful support from the county council, town council, the traders and our sponsors.”

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015'Pottergate Pantry got a gold award'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015'Pottergate Pantry got a gold award'Picture by Jane Coltman

Meanwhile, Lesbury earned a silver gilt in the Village category.

Parish council chairman Bob Dutton said: “I am very pleased that the efforts have borne fruit and it reinforces of all the hard work which goes on in the parish. Thanks to Ian August and his team for their work in the parish.”

A host of special awards were also handed out, recognising the efforts at business parks, commercial premises and parks, among others.

There were a number of golds throughout north Northumberland, as well as a host of silver gilts, silver and bronze awards.

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015'Winners from Alnwick 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumbria In Bloom presentations 2015'Winners from Alnwick 'Picture by Jane Coltman