Residents of one Fylde village have been doing their bit for a blooming good cause with a bit of early morning tidying to keep the bins out of sight.
Elswick is the only place on the Fylde coast to make it to the finals of this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, where it is up for the Best Village award, and residents were yesterday showing the judges around.
But as luck would have it, they chose to visit on bin day – so as soon as they were emptied a team of residents set about making sure they were hidden out of sight before the judges arrived.
Coun Paul Hayhurst said: “Fylde Council did us proud. They were out early with the bin collections and we had a small army of people tidy up the bins. It’s nice to live in a village where there is such community spirit.”
And he said the judges seemed impressed with their efforts, which included putting on a 100-year-old vehicle to transport them around the village.
He added: “They said they were delighted with what they saw and complimented the people of the village.
“They said it was quite clear everyone had all rallied around.
“In the past Lytham, Garstang and Freckleton have all featured quite a bit in Britain in Bloom but this year Elswick is the only place on the Fylde coast to make it to the final.
“It’s huge for Elswick. Britain in Bloom is something that has really transformed this village and every year we are seeing steady improvements.”
He said Elswick had changed remarkably since it started getting involved in the competition.
“Elswick was never really a particularly pretty village,” he added. “Over 20 years ago it was a bit run down and we were spending a fortune on vandalism. But what we used to spend on vandalism we now spend on flowers.”