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Blooming marvelous!

Byline: James Johnston

Teesside was celebrating today after scooping a string of awards in the Northumbria In Bloom competition.

Towns and villages from across the Tees Valley won recognition in the regional floral contest.

Stockton was crowned best city taking the Whitbread Trophy for the second year in a row.

It was also presented with an award of merit in the Evening Chronicle Trophy.

Billingham scooped the Whitworth Hall Trophy for the most improved entry.

Stockton Fire Station won best fire service grounds and Hartburn Primary School received an award of merit in the Rod Leyburn Memorial Trophy for best school horticultural grounds.

Saltburn won best coastal resort, Saltburn Bowling Club won the William Leech Trophy for the best grounds of a prison, university and sports club, and Darlington won the best small city.

Runners up in the competition included Charltons in the small villages category and Eston, which entered for the first time, in the urban community category.

Nunthorpe received an award of merit in the small town section.

The judges rated entries for resident and business participation, overall cleanliness, floral impact and the quality of the displays.

Speaking after learning of their success, Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council's Cabinet member for the environment, said: "The recognition received at the awards really reflects the hard work and dedication of the council's horticultural staff and the strong partnership working. It's a great achievement to win one award, so to win five is absolutely tremendous and gives the residents of the borough something to be proud of."

Ann Higgins, of Eston Residents Association, said of their success: "It's absolutely fantastic. Residents did all of the work ourselves and it's a credit to everybody."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 13, 2005
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