National bid is blooming lovely

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WHITBY’s bid for success at the Britain in Bloom contest was officially launched on Saturday.

Volunteers from Whitby in Bloom had organised a day packed with events to promote their bid and encourage residents and businesses to get involved too.

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There were activities such as egg painting and stalls with balloons, badges, stickers, plant pots and seeds and with the launch coinciding with the official Whitby Gothic Weekend special corsages with white roses and purple and black feathers had been made to sell.

Local schools West Cliff, Ruswarp and Stakesby and groups Friends of Pannett Park, Ruswarp Garden Group and Gateway were also involved in the day.

Ernie Marsden and the Sleights Singers and Cobblers Monday were on hand to provide musical entertainment.

During the event Roger Burnett, who is leaving as Scarborough Borough Council’s head of parks and countryside to take up a new role, was presented with a sculpture of a heron as thanks from the Bloom group for the work he has done with them.

Mayor of Whitby, Coun Terry Jennison was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially launch the bid which will see Whitby competing against other seaside towns in the seaside category.

To get the town in tip top shape the Whitby in Bloom group will be working on displays and features across the town.

Bloom group chair, Susan Davies said: “We are thrilled that groups and individuals have pulled together to launch this bid. The amount of effort that has gone in to today (Saturday) is simply wonderful and we hope everyone in the town will support this bid.”