Whistle stop tour for Bloom judges

Whitby in Bloom members celebrating Yorkshire Day
Whitby in Bloom members celebrating Yorkshire Day

Months of preparation, painting and planting as part of Whitby’s bid to take a prize at the Britain in Bloom finals will come down to just two and a half hours.

Susan Davies, chair of Whitby in Bloom, and her committed team of volunteers, helped out by the borough council’s gardeners have spent months making sure the town is at its best in time for the judging on Wednesday morning.

Starting at 8.30am, Susan and the Bloom team will take the judges on a tour of the town pointing out the variety of horticultural displays from the yards to the Captain Cook Museum to Pannett Park.

They are on a very strict time scale and if they go over the allotted two and a half hours the judges can decide not to mark some of the town’s offerings.

Susan is asking everyone in the town to do their bit on the day by making sure it is clean and tidy otherwise the work over the last few months will have been in vain.

There has been the continuous restoration of Pannett Park, planting in Royal Crescent with local school children and the recreation of the physic garden near Whitby Abbey to name but a few projects.

And of course there has been the planting of countless hanging baskets, borders and beds and plenty of work with the local community.

On Monday to mark Yorkshire Day, Whitby in Bloom members handed out white roses with gypsophila, greenery and white ribbons at Dock End.

Deputy Mayor Terry Jennison read the declaration and Ernie Marsden did a number of readings about Yorkshire with passers-by wondering if they had suddenly been transported to another country whilst they struggled to follow the Yorkshire dialect.

Susan Davies said: “These traditions are so important to uphold. We have a beautiful county and a unique town.

“Keeping things looking good doesn’t just happen by accident its due to a small number of dedicated people who can always be found working hard. Actions speak louder than words”.

Whitby will find out if it has been successful in its bid to take the coastal category at an awards ceremony at St Andrews in Scotland on 23 September.