Flower power bids for glory

Pictures Martin Bostock'The Lytham in Bloom team preparing for the judges.'Sheila Leak and Meg Green.

Pictures Martin Bostock'The Lytham in Bloom team preparing for the judges.'Sheila Leak and Meg Green.

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Fylde towns and villages will be aiming for more blooming success when regional judges run the rule over the area next week.

Lytham, St Annes, Wrea Green, Freckleton, Elswick and Kirkham are all in contention for North West In Bloom glory and volunteers have been busy putting the finishing touches to a host of colourful displays.

Last year saw no fewer than 21 North West In Bloom awards across Fylde, with St Annes, Lytham, Elswick and Freckleton all taking top place in their categories.

For the second year running, St Annes beat long-time winner Southport in the Best Large Coastal Resort category; Lytham won the Best Small Coastal Resort section while Freckleton held onto its gold in the Best Town category and Elswick won Best Village award for the first time.

NWIB judges were so impressed with the efforts in Lytham, Freckleton and Elswick that they nominated them for this year’s Britain in Bloom awards.

Lytham, bidding for Royal Horticultural Society Champion of Champions glory after excelling in the national awards last year, will be judged for North West In Bloom on Tuesday afternoon and Elswick that morning.

The judges are due in St Annes, which is also in contention for Best Railway Station, next Wednesday morning, while the big day for Wrea Green, Freckleton and Kirkham is next Thursday.

Jim Leak, chairman of Lytham In Bloom, who last year won a NW in Bloom award for outstanding achievement as well as Britain In Bloom recognition as Community Champion, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the displays and we are looking forward to the judges’ visits – for NW In Bloom next week and the Champion of Champions on July 31.”

St Annes in Bloom chairman Ian Roberts said: “We are keen to build on what has been achieved so far.”