WIGAN is to throw its biggest ever garden party.
On Saturday, April 14 the town centre will be filled with sound and colour at the launch of the borough’s bid for glory at the finals of Britain in Bloom.
And the event will really start boomin’ with the main act, local band Boomin – who have supported the likes of Westlife, McFly, Craig David and Pixie Lott.
The indie rockers will be performing a free town centre gig ahead of the launch of their debut album this summer.
And with entertainment from the 25-piece Trinity Girls Band and Diva Dance, pavement art from Wigan and Leigh College, plus other special guests, it promises to be a great day for all the family.
Just in case the excitement overshadows the gardening, there will be stalls and practical demonstrations as well as a plant sale courtesy of Moss Bank Nurseries in Leigh.
And Wigan Council’s Damian Jenkinson, recently placed second from hundreds of hopefuls at the BBC Young Gardener of the Year, will also be on stage with handy eco and gardening advice. Local restaurateur Howard Gallimore will be offering Afternoon Tea and a base from which to enjoy the event.
And for an alternative choice, there will also be food available from The Coven to take away.
Borough in Bloom champion John O’Neill said: “There is something for all ages and interests here.
“In Bloom is about getting involved, whether that be in gardening, wildlife projects, public art, education or litter-picking. Come along, have fun and join in.”
2011 was the borough’s best ever year at the North West in Bloom Awards with 17 prizes including, for the second year in a row, the Gold top prize of Large Metropolitan Borough – were presented to community groups and officers by the Royal Horticultural Society.
On April 14, all these groups will be showcasing their work to the community throughout the garden party event.