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Double delight for floral Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

IT'S not just football clubs which put their cups on parade when they win - and Felixstowe is celebrating a unique double for its flowers!

Mayor Harry Dangerfield picked up two pieces of silverware at the regional Anglia in Bloom awards, and now knows the town might have to raise its game even higher next year if it is to continue to collect the honours.

IT'S not just football clubs which put their cups on parade when they win – and Felixstowe is celebrating a unique double for its flowers!

Mayor Harry Dangerfield picked up two pieces of silverware at the regional Anglia in Bloom awards, and now knows the town might have to raise its game even higher next year if it is to continue to collect the honours.

While soccer teams dream of Europe, flower-power towns ponder the prospect of Britain in Bloom – competing against the best villages, towns and cities from across the country.

Felixstowe will have to wait until November to find out if it has stepped up another league, following its promotion to the premiership this summer.

Mr Dangerfield was thrilled with the town's success and said the cups were reward for everyone who had played a part in the entry for the floral award.

He said it was a "wonderful joint effort" and thanked and praised all the businesses which had joined in, private households, schools, allotment holders, and the garden staff of the town council and Suffolk Coastal.

The resort won the Premier Class for the best blooms in any town of its size in the region, and also captured awards for the best local authority display overall and the best in class for the floral 3-D working Lighthouse at the town's Leisure Centre.

There was further glory as Colneis Junior School won a certificate of merit for its project to create a millennium garden in the school grounds.

Felixstowe was promoted from the town category into the new Premier Class because of its success in winning best town in the region for the past three years – but this put it up against much bigger towns, including Southend and Norwich.

The judges said: "The floral displays throughout Felixstowe were a blaze of colour and the local authority contribution was excellent. The area in general was litter free and the three dimensional display with a maritime theme was superb.

"The overall impression was that everyone involved deserved high praise and can be justifiably proud of their town."

The town's bid for Anglia in Bloom glory each year is a joint effort between the town council's Felixstowe in Flower scheme – which includes a floral trail, 180 hanging baskets, tubs and saddle boxes – plus the civic gardens designed by Suffolk Coastal council's recreation and leisure staff, headed by Eddie Peters.

WEBLINK: www.angliainbloom.co.uk

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