Saturday, 5th September 2015

Newport strikes gold, again!

In bloomNewport has struck gold for the sixth successive year at the Heart Of England In Bloom Awards setting a new record in the competition.

Newport has become the first town ever to win six gold awards in a row since the competition was rebranded in 2000.

Members of the town’s in bloom committee gathered at Pershore Abbey in Worcester yesterday, for the results finale.

Newport In Bloom chariman, Eva Allan said the result was a united town effort.

She said: “This is all about what the volunteers have done.

“A fantastic amount of hard work goes into making Newport the town it is.

“We have very little rubbish and vandalism and this is about getting people involved and giving them something to be proud of.

“We have worked on the entrances with new bulbs planted up Forton Road and we have also maintained the Through The Garden Gate and Hutchison’s Way projects throughout this year.”

She added there were plenty of people who had helped the town achieved their record breaking status.

“Volunteers have dedicated so much of their time and we received great help from the Payback Scheme.

“We would like to thank everyone in the town.

“There were so many people at the ceremony I was shaking when I went up to receive the award.”

The town’s success was secured with the financial involvement of the town council along with Telford and Wrekin Environmental Services Group.

St Nicholas’ Church was once again opened up as a centre piece with an art and floral exhibition, with Newport Photo Club and schools contributing.

A guided tour was also provided for judges in early July around St Peter and Paul’s School, Cheeny Hill, Stafford Road, Station Road, Springfield Recycling centre and Newport Cottage Care.

Committee member Gill Watkins said: “We’re thrilled to bits. You always think you’ve done well on the day the judges arrive but it’s a long time to wait for the news.

“The closer it gets the more nervous you become and my heart has been pounding for the last couple of days.

“Once you have won gold then the expectation is there and having won five times in a row we were desperate to secure a sixth.”

There will be a Newport In Bloom celebration at Cosy Hall, Water Lane at 7pm on Friday, September 25, when local contributors will receive awards.

On top of the sixth straight gold award Newport also won best town in their category - seeing off competition from Leominster and Ludlow in the process.