The Fine Line to national success

Andrew O'Neill of Fine Lines decorators is up for the top award for his work on the Parish rooms, Headroomgate Rd, St Annes. L-R PDA judge Brian Carrier, Andrew O'Neill, PDA judge Bob Hewitt, Father David Lyon and church warden Eric Roberts.
Andrew O'Neill of Fine Lines decorators is up for the top award for his work on the Parish rooms, Headroomgate Rd, St Annes. L-R PDA judge Brian Carrier, Andrew O'Neill, PDA judge Bob Hewitt, Father David Lyon and church warden Eric Roberts.
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AWARD-WINNING decorators are waiting to find out if they have painted their way to another top award.

Fine Lines Decorating Services, based in St Annes, has entered the Painting and Decorating National Premier Trophy Awards for its work on St Annes Parish Church’s Parish Rooms in Headroomgate Road.

Fine Lines owner Andrew O’Neill said: “We were contracted by the parish to do the external decorating, so we completed that and also some of the maintenance issues that came up.

“We entered the competition for our work and we were selected as finalists which is a great honour.”

Judges from the trade body descended on the church this week to carry out a meticulous inspection of the decorating and maintenance work.

Only 15 companies from across the country are invited to the finals, which are competed for across commercial, decorative, small contracts and industrial categories.

Mr O’Neill added: “We’re really chuffed we’re in the finals. It’s an achievement in itself just to make it through to them as many people enter the competition.

“We’re a small, local firm and we are shortlisted alongside some industry giants that operate across the country.”

A spokesman for the Painting and Decorating Association said: “Each June in Painter’s Hall, the PDA and its guests celebrate a series of quality projects from around the United Kingdom.

“The judges from the Institute of Clerk of Works are completely independent from the PDA and spend several weeks assessing shortlisted entries before deciding upon both winners and worthy runners up who receive certificates.”

Previous winners of the coveted title have included work in The Grand Opera House in York, the Foreign Office in London, Sellafield nuclear power station, Clifton Suspension Bridge near Bristol, Usher Concert Hall in Edinburgh and the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

Fine Lines has now grown to three full-time decorators, one full-time property maintenance man, and a part-time joiner and plumber.

And it is celebrating a host of new contracts.

Mr O’Neill said: “It’s a double celebration really.

“We’ve also just won the contract to decorate Britannia Quay at Preston Docks, and we have also won the maintenance for two Promenade hotels.”