FOR the residents of one Blackpool street, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than filling a few hanging baskets.
Not a bedding plant was out of place on King Edward Avenue in North Shore as the bunting was put up, Bizzy Lizzies beautified and the fuchsias fluffed up – and fancy dress was donned to meet the judges.
Traditional Blackpool landladies and the seaside were the theme for this year’s horticultural offering – so hoteliers made sure they were spruced up in rollers and pinnies for when the panel arrived.
Indeed, it was a right royal show as they prepared to face the tough taskmasters from North West In Bloom
The King Edward Avenue Association has been entering the competition for the last five years and had praise heaped on it for the gorgeous gardens on the street. But with this year’s display more vibrant than ever before – they now face a nail-biting wait to see if their efforts will come up trumps.
Hotelier Martin Ruddy said: “We wanted to give judges an extra warm welcome from the Golden Mile.
“People have gone to enormous effort, our bunting is home made and out traditional land ladies theme really gives a feel of the heritage of this area.
“The gardens look fantastic so we are hoping we will win a prize for being outstanding as we did in 2009.”
The Association was set up be residents and hoteliers after they became unhappy with Blackpool Council’s efforts to clean up the streets.
Soon the group were taking matters into their own hands and now work together to make sure the street shines.
Hotelier Yvonne Battelle said: “The gardens look beautiful and there is a great feeling of community spirit.
“All the guests have been commenting on how nice everywhere looks so we hope the judges will think so too.”