Bloom volunteers delighted after scooping awards

Coun Dave Shaw, Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre Ron and Brenda Shewan and Margaret Daniels (Fleetwood Civic Society) celebrate Fleetwood's success at the North West in Bloom awards.
Coun Dave Shaw, Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre Ron and Brenda Shewan and Margaret Daniels (Fleetwood Civic Society) celebrate Fleetwood's success at the North West in Bloom awards.

Fleetwood has had some blooming good news after bagging a couple of top prizes at the North West in Bloom awards.

The town’s entry was awarded a heritage award and a silver runners-up trophy in the large town category at the big awards night at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Organisers were particularly delighted because Fleetwood had not been involved in this prestigious competition for almost a decade and the budget was limited.

Behind Fleetwood’s impressive showing was a team effort, with Fleetwood Town Council members Coun John Warnock and Coun Dave Shaw joining forces with members from Fleetwood Rotary and the town’s Civic Society.

Wyre Council’s gardening staff also played a key role, too, and the town’s effort was helped financially by the council, which handles the official entry into North West in Bloom for all Wyre participants.

Coun Warnock, who was behind Fleetwood’s long-awaited re-entry into the event, said: “It’s brilliant to have done so well. I thought we would be lucky to get bronze, when I looked at the criteria.

“Silver is more than I hoped for. It took months of planning but we all just wanted to brighten the town up.”

The volunteers planted in the boating lake, the area opposite Memorial Corner on The Esplanade, and even an area near the town’s magistrates’ court was spruced up with lovely yellow marigolds.

Coun Shaw took the judges on a tour of the town and made sure some of Fleetwood’s landmarks were included – the 175 anniversary memorial, the Mount Pavilion, Pharos and Lower lighthouses and Fleetwood’s Memorial Park – all flowering hot spots.

Coun Shaw, who attended the awards event at Southport, said: “Fleetwood should be proud, it’s a wonderful achievement.”

There was also recognition for smaller community efforts in the In Your Neighbourhood Awards.

Fleetwood’s green-fingered entries were Elsinore Close (Improving), 54-67 Greenfield Road; 9-23 Greenfield Road (Developing); Keating Court; Burton Lodge; 39-42 Greenfield Road; Marine View; Westhead Walk (Thriving).