THE PEOPLE of Belper have been praised for making sure the town was in full flower when the East Midlands in Bloom judges visited.
The judging process started at 2.30pm on Wednesday, July 13, and did not finish until 6pm as the judges took a lengthy tour around the town.
A spokeswoman for Belper Town Council said: “The town was looking superb and the council would like to pass its thanks to everybody for taking the trouble to brighten up their homes and premises.”
Belper is going for its second gold award in a row after scooping the top prize in last year’s competition. Another gold would enter the town into the prestigious Britain in Bloom event.
Entered into the Large Town category (population between 12,001-35,000), Belper is up against Gainsborough, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Market Harborough, Newark, Sleaford and Spalding.
Belper Mayor Cllr Alan Cox said: “I was very impressed with all the hard work that everybody had done to make Belper look absolutely wonderful for this important day.
“There was no litter to be seen anywhere and all the flowers looked in excellent condition.
“I would like to express the thanks of all Belper councillors to everybody who helped: sponsors for their sponsorship of the flower beds and hanging baskets, shopkeepers for displaying hanging baskets outside their premises, residents for making their own flowerbeds look so attractive, Amber Valley Borough Council staff for their hard work, Belper Town Council staff for the tremendous effort that they put in, not just around judging time, but all the year round, and also for getting up so early in the summer to make sure the hanging baskets and flower beds were watered every day, the Friends of Belper River Gardens for the wonderful beds of flowers there, the Friends of Belper Parks for their efforts in making the area so attractive, those people who dressed wells which made such a difference to the day, and the committee who arranged everything.
“I hope that the judges were as impressed as I was.”
Milford was also flying its own ‘In Bloom’ flag as it entered the Village category.
The results will be announced on Wednesday, September 14.