Horticultural heroes are honoured at Hall

Adrian and Dawn Smirthwaite, who run The Albany Hotel in Blackpool, are  celebrating after winning an award for their floral displays in the Blackpool in Bloom competition. Picture by Paul Heyes, Wednesday August 19, 2015.

Adrian and Dawn Smirthwaite, who run The Albany Hotel in Blackpool, are celebrating after winning an award for their floral displays in the Blackpool in Bloom competition. Picture by Paul Heyes, Wednesday August 19, 2015.

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Horticultural heroes were celebrated when Blackpool in Bloom winners picked up their awards at a special ceremony.

Organisers had to move the annual prize-giving to the Spanish Hall from its usual venue at the Town Hall – such was the abundance of entries this year.

Green-fingered residents were recognised for transforming gardens, back yards, hotel frontages and even whole streets into floral spectacles.

There were also awards for schools, pubs and businesses in the competition which is aimed at encouraging people to brighten up Blackpool.

Organiser Elaine Smith, who is also chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, said she was delighted with the standard of entries this year.

She told guests and winners attending the ceremony: “Despite the weather it has been an amazing year!

“I thought the standard had risen in 2014 but this year it just got better. Over the years we have tended to get a bit blasé while out judging but both last year and this we have had so many new entrants with such a high standard of garden that it quite shocked us.”

She added: “We were delighted to have so many new entrants but we went from one beautiful sight to the other.

“We went from formal planting to wildlife planting.

“The variety was as amazing as were the designs, colours and plants that we were viewing. Each very different.”

The awards were handed out by Blackpool Mayor Coun Peter Callow.

The Albany Hotel on Albert Road picked up the prize for the best hotel or holiday flats with fewer than 10 bedrooms.

Owner Adrian Smirthwaite said: “It was great to win and we take real pride in our floral display.

“It helps make the hotel look nice for our guests and they really appreciate it.”

Other winners included the Boars Head pub on Preston Old Road, Marton, Unicorn Industries on Mowbray Drive at Layton for its hanging baskets and St Chad’s Road in South Shore which was voted best street.

Winners, runners up and those highly commended received vouchers to be spent at Sage’s Hardware on Fleetwood Road, Anchorsholme, as well as certificates.

For a full list of winners and more pictures, see tomorrow’s Gazette.