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Amanda Smith, chair of Whitby in Bloom, Linda Simms from Friends of Pannett Park and Chris Roe from SBC's parks team welcome the judges to Whitby'Ceri Oakes w122809
Amanda Smith, chair of Whitby in Bloom, Linda Simms from Friends of Pannett Park and Chris Roe from SBC's parks team welcome the judges to Whitby'Ceri Oakes w122809
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WET weather didn’t dampen the spirits of judges inspecting the best of the town’s blooms this week.

Yorkshire In Bloom judged the town for the small town coastal category on Wednesday.

A whistlestop tour of the town started at Whitby Abbey, then went down the 199 Steps, along Church Street to Blackburn, Sanders and Clark’s Yards before heading up Helredale Road to the new triangle and through Eskdale Park to Ruswarp.

After that it was back up to Four Lane Ends, the cinder track and Stakesby allotments.

There was time for a spot of lunch at Quayside before heading to the West Cliff to take a look at the sunken gardens, Crescent Gardens, Stakesby School and Pannett Park.

Amanda Smith, chair of Whitby in Bloom, said judges particularly liked the yards, the iron bridge at Ruswarp, allotments and Pannett Park.

She added: “In their view the park was phenomenol and Whitby is incredibly lucky to have it. Weather conditions will be taken into account but having said that Whitby did look absolutely fantastic.

“The amount of work that people have put in, I have been absolutely humbled by.”