Banner marks bloom success

Mayor Coun Myra Whiteside with Coun Kevin Anderson and Damien Jenkinson unfurl the Silver Gilt Britain in Bloom Banner at Town Green Ashton.
Mayor Coun Myra Whiteside with Coun Kevin Anderson and Damien Jenkinson unfurl the Silver Gilt Britain in Bloom Banner at Town Green Ashton.
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GREEN-FINGERED experts think Wigan is blooming brilliant - and have confirmed it in banner headlines.

A large celebratory sign marking Wigan’s achievement in winning a Silver Gilt award in Britain in Bloom was unveiled at a special ceremony attended by the Mayor of Wigan Coun Myra Whiteside, councillors and community groups.

The celebration took place at the community garden at Town Green, in Ashton, which picked up a special discretionary award for its outstanding horticultural displays at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in the Channel Islands.

Organisers of Wigan’s bid for the prestigious competition say they hope to tour the flag around all the groups which contributed to the Britain in Bloom effort and also intend to display it in the town centre next summer.

The teams of volunteers and residents maintaining Wigan’s most beautiful outdoor spots also have another chance for their labours to be turned into silverware, with the results of North West in Bloom being announced on Wednesday and Thursday.

Borough in Bloom co-ordinator Damian Jenkinson said: “As Town Green have had such a brilliant year it seemed an apt place to unveil the banner.

“It’s nice to celebrate our successes and to have support on a corporate level from sponsors, who have definitely backed the bid this year.

“We’ve not fully decided what we are going to do with it yet. When you get a Green Flag you hang it in the park it comes from, but we are thinking of taking it round the communities for a few weeks.”

Coun Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “It was a tremendous achievement for Wigan Borough in Bloom to win a Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom finals.

“In Bloom has inspired people to make the places they live greener and brought communities together.”