Lytham relishing bid for biggest prize

Carolyn Laver of St Patrick's Road North is presented with her gold certificate for best front garden in St Annes by the North West In Bloom judges Mel Kirby and John Bilsborough,
Carolyn Laver of St Patrick's Road North is presented with her gold certificate for best front garden in St Annes by the North West In Bloom judges Mel Kirby and John Bilsborough,
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Lytham bids for its biggest ever In Bloom honour next week when the Royal Horticultural Society’s Champion of Champion judges come to town.

After taking national gold in the Small Coastal Resort category of the Britain In Bloom awards last year, Lytham was invited to be one of five contenders for the ultimate award.

The judges will be in Lytham next Wednesday morning and Lytham In Bloom chairman Jim Leak said: “This is the big prize and we are all looking forward to the judges arriving.”

The North West In Bloom judges were in the area last week to run the rule over Lytham and a number of other Fylde towns and villages including St Annes, where In Bloom officials have paid tribute to green-fingered homeowners following a bumper entry in the town’s best front garden competition.

Carolyn Laver, of St Patrick’s Road North, won the contest from a packed field of more than 30 hopefuls, considerably up on last year.

Although the front garden contest is not part of the NW In Bloom competition, the town’s In Bloom organisers invited regional judges Mel Kirby and John Bilsborough to present the prize to Carolyn.

“The large entry this year was typical of the marvellous community effort put into the regional competition,” said St Annes In Bloom chairman Ian Roberts.

Along with St Annes, aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the Best Large Coastal Resort Category, and Lytham, bidding to retain its Best Small Coastal Resort title, the NW judges were in Freckleton, going for gold again in the Best Town section, Elswick, judged Best Village last year, Wrea Green and Kirkham. The results will be announced in October.