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Eric's flower power bring rewards

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

GREEN-fingered Eric Cattermole is celebrating after winning a resort's top floral award for an astonishing fourth time in six years.

And this time he has proved not only that he has flower power, but that he can dig for victory, too, as he lifted both the cup for the best large floral garden and also won the allotments competition.

GREEN-fingered Eric Cattermole is celebrating after winning a resort's top floral award for an astonishing fourth time in six years.

And this time he has proved not only that he has flower power, but that he can dig for victory, too, as he lifted both the cup for the best large floral garden and also won the allotments competition.

Eric, 72, said he was thrilled to do so well again in the annual Felixstowe in Flower competitions – and surprised, too.

"It was quite a big surprise when they announced my name at the awards – I thought I might have done quite well in the allotments but I didn't expect to win the garden cup as well," he said.

Eric won the garden competition run by the town council in 1996, 1997 and 1998, but gave it a break last year because of health problems.

"I have had two new knees, a stomach operation and other illness, and I didn't think I would have the energy to ever enter again. But I do love gardening – it's what keeps me going, it's my 'occupation'," he said.

Back in the swing of things, he decided to enter his garden in Colneis Road, Old Felixstowe, which is constantly admired by people who pass by, once again and has been rewarded with more silverware.

"It is a lot of work to keep it looking its best and full of flowers, but I really enjoy doing it. I do my front and back gardens, and I also do the garden of a friend in Ipswich!" he said.

His allotment, which he tends daily, provides all his vegetables. He began working allotments with his own father when he was just four years old and it has been a lifelong interest and pleasure.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Harry Dangerfield presented the prizes to the winners at a ceremony at Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, Old Felixstowe.

He praised all those who had taken part for their wonderful efforts and for their help in brightening up the resort. Their efforts were a crucial part of the town's entry in Anglia in Bloom and they all had a share of the two cups – the Premier Town Trophy and best civic display – the town won this summer.

Felixstowe in Flower Results:

Large Private Garden: 1 E Cattermole; 2 A Barker; 3 Mrs V Hine; very highly commended, M Lingley. Small Private Garden: 1 D Brown; 2 Mrs J Morley; 3 Mrs R Edwards; very highly commended, M Hazelwood; highly commended, A Baxter. Container: 1 A Barker; 2 D Brown; 3 Mrs J Morley.

Allotment Competition: 1 E Cattermole; 2 Mr and Mrs K Filby; 3 A Beals; highly commended, R Lockwood, H Smith, M Allen, S Lockwood, Mrs Adams, and J Kennell. Cowpasture Allotment Cup: Mr and Mrs K Filby.

School's Competition: 1 Langer Primary; 2 Colneis Junior; 3 Kingsfleet Primary; certificate of merit, Fairfield Infants, Maidstone Infants, and Causton Junior.

Commercial Best Container: 1 Saxon Upholstery; 2 Falcon Inn. Commercial With Garden: 1 Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club; 2 Orwell Hotel. Commercial Without Garden: 1 Dock Basin; 2 Falcon Inn; Messrs G Rodwell. Residential Home: 1 Rowland House. Nursery School Competition: 1 Old Felixstowe Nursery; 2 Squirrells Montessori.

Sunflower Competition: 1 (joint winners) Oliver Brookes and jenna Walker; 2 Julie Barbrook; 3 Lauren Elmer.

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