Yorkshire In Bloom: Silver Gilt award for Beverley
BEVERLEY has won a prestigious Silver Gilt award after re-entering the Yorkshire in Bloom judging.
Efforts were stepped up in a bid to secure success in the large town category following a year's break from entering.
Volunteers and the town council made a huge effort ahead of the main summer judging session.
This week, Beverley in Bloom chairman Jim Whitfield was at York Racecourse to hear how the team had fared.
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He said: "As chairman, I had to go and collect the award as well as the judges' very useful and supportive comments.
"We were delighted with the award because it was a difficult spring with the weather. A lot of places suffered with the weather.
"We'll be able to make progress on the back of the judges' comments."
This year's Beverley display was on an Olympic and a Royal theme. Beverley Town Council took the decision to support the event after a year off because 2012 was seen as a particularly important year for the town to look its best.
At July's judging, Mayor Margaret Pinder joined judges Roger Burnett and Joyce Smith as they inspected the planters and cast a critical eye over the colours.
Most of the work had been done by committee members with some funding coming from the town council. But the judges were particularly impressed with the amount of community involvement.
Youngsters at Toll Gavel Church helped to get planters ready to go outside the library.
At the ceremony on Tuesday, special mention was made of the contribution from Molescroft Primary School, which won a Gold Rose award.
Mr Whitfield said: "Most people felt Beverley looked pretty good this year. Moles- croft Primary pupils have been given recognition for their contribution in encouraging young people to become horticulturalists.
"The judges were very imp- ressed. They said Molescroft could have won an award at a national level."
Beverley also scored well on the judging criteria of demonstrating public involvement and community cohesion.
No decision has been taken on whether Beverley will enter Yorkshire in Bloom again next year.