WIGAN has pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the horticultural world after landing a top prize in the Britain in Bloom awards.
The borough, so often still wrongly associated with slag heaps and back-to-back houses, landed a Silver Gilt runners-up spot in the prestigious national competition.
A delegation from Wigan Council, including the Mayor Coun Myra Whiteside, travelled to the Channel Island of Guernsey to attend the glittering ceremony.
Judges said they had been most impressed with Wigan’s green-fingered efforts, just as they were when Wigan won the same “city” category in the North West in Bloom awards last year.
Wigan Council’s In Bloom co-ordinator has spoken of his pride for all the townsfolk who have got behind the competition.
“I am so very proud,” he said. “We felt we were representing the whole of Wigan being here.
“This isn’t an award for me and Wigan Council, it is for the whole of the town.”
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