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Poulton in Bloom award winners.  From left to right: Carol Woolley, David Morley of the Thatched House, Diane Leech from Butson Blofeld, Ellen Whiteside from Home Comforts, Eileen Gee from Methodist Church and Cafe, Paul Tobin from Booths and Coun Peter Murphy.

Poulton in Bloom award winners. From left to right: Carol Woolley, David Morley of the Thatched House, Diane Leech from Butson Blofeld, Ellen Whiteside from Home Comforts, Eileen Gee from Methodist Church and Cafe, Paul Tobin from Booths and Coun Peter Murphy.

Campaigners behind a Fylde coast town’s runaway success in a top competition are hoping to repeat their achievements again this year.

Poulton won big at last year’s North West in Bloom event, in a year when the Fylde coast picked up a host of awards.

The town picked up a gold award in the Best Town category, which recognises civic pride and horticultural achievements.

And the organisers of Poulton in Bloom, which has a strong history in the competition, praised members of the community who got involved last year, and said they were looking for a repeat performance.

Carol Woolley, organiser of Poulton in Bloom, said: “We gained a gold medal for the second year running in the town category of North West in Bloom.

“We are very pleased with the results – the weather was good on the day the judges came, which also helps. These competitions are a big thing for the town, and a lot of the businesses got involved.”

To celebrate the success, and get people geared up for this year’s competition, Poulton in Bloom handed out a series of awards to local businesses who contributed to the success.

Among the winners at the ceremony, at the Poulton Methodist Church Coffee Shop, were the Thatched House pub and Booths.

The coffee shop itself also picked up an award.

Mrs Woolley added: “It is important we try to encourage people, and let them know how we think about their efforts.

“We didn’t judge this – we got somebody in to judge this for us.

“So it is nice they have come up with these winners.”

The awards were handed out by Wyre councillor Pete Murphy, who chairs Wyre in Bloom.

Last year’s North West in Bloom saw a number of Fylde coast towns and attractions come out on top.

Blackpool and St Annes both picked up awards in the large coastal resort category, while the Pleasure Beach was among the best large tourist attractions, scooping up a gold award.

Inskip, Wrea Green and Hambleton were all mentioned in the village categories.

And Lytham claimed the top award at the national Britain in Bloom competition, picking up gold and being named Champion of Champions.

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