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Colne wins silver gilt in Britain in Bloom competion
COLNE has been awarded a silver gilt for the large town category in this year’s Britain in Bloom awards.
The town was just two marks away from taking the gold award for the first time, but it has been encouraged to enter again next year.
Recently retired Colne in Bloom project manager Michael Osborn was also honoured at the awards ceremony in Cleethorpes, on Saturday.
He was one of 15 people awarded the RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award for his work on the group over the past nine years.
A Colne in Bloom spokesman said: “We were awarded silver gilt at the Britain in Bloom awards in Cleethorpes this weekend.
“We were told by our judges that we did better than last time and were only two points away from gold.
“The judges have advised us to persuade the North West in Bloom judges to enter Colne into next year’s Britain in Bloom as they are convinced after a bit of tweaking we can win the gold award.
“As it stands now we are one of the top 10 towns in the whole of Britain.”
It is the second time Colne has been awarded the silver gilt for the large town category, and organisers are hopeful it will be third time lucky in going for gold next year.
Mr Osborn, 67, was one of the founder members of the group 10 years ago in February, but retired this summer to focus on growing his award-winning vegetables.
More than 1,000 communities entered the 2013 Britain in Bloom awards.
The overall champion of champion’s award went to Lytham.
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