Pride growing as Spalding traders do the business

Traders from The Crescent, Francis Street and Vine Street show off their judges awards: Back (from left) ' David Sanderson, of Revills Shoes, Andrew Inkley, of JF Inkley, Phil Davis, of Rumblings cafe, Emma Peake, of Daisies, Mark Dawson, of The Antique Shop; front ' Coun Angela Newton, Mary Adams, of Geo Adams, and volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Patterson.
Traders from The Crescent, Francis Street and Vine Street show off their judges awards: Back (from left) ' David Sanderson, of Revills Shoes, Andrew Inkley, of JF Inkley, Phil Davis, of Rumblings cafe, Emma Peake, of Daisies, Mark Dawson, of The Antique Shop; front ' Coun Angela Newton, Mary Adams, of Geo Adams, and volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Patterson.
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BUSINESSES in Spalding are blooming with pride after impressing judges with their efforts for this year’s East Midlands in Bloom.

Traders in The Crescent, Francis Street and Vine Street were singled out for praise by the judges for their hard work, while Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens won a gold award in the best commercial and retail category.

Spalding also managed to pick up a silver gilt award and finished third overall in the large town category.

Spalding in Bloom chairman Coun Angela Newton said volunteers have been working hard all year round to keep the town tidy.

“It’s keeping the area weed and litter free, as well as maintaining the baskets,” she said. “Sarah Patterson, David Sanderson and Christine Hanson have helped with The Crescent, and Pete Williams has organised litter picks in Spalding.

“Traders have also supported us with sponsorship.”

Coun Newton said she put forward Springfields for its efforts, which secured a gold award for the first time this year.

But volunteers will not be dwelling on their successes, as they are about to start preparations for the town to host the East Midlands in Bloom final ceremony next year.

The event will be held at Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens. Coun Newton says Spalding in Bloom will be pulling out all the stops to impress.

She said: “We will be talking about it soon. We will be thinking about talking to traders early about ordering their baskets. We have to make an extra effort. Towns that have won gold year after year will be looking at us.”

Coun Newton said she is also hoping the group will run a competition for resident’s front gardens.

nAnyone interested in volunteering for Spalding in Bloom should contact Angela Newton on 07939 559764.