Townspeople of Crowland have triumphed by scooping a major award.
It has been voted the Best Kept Small Town in Lincolnshire in a competition run by Community Links and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England which it has not won for almost 30 years.
Ros Knight, parish council vice-chairman and In Bloom chairman, said it was an “absolutely wonderful surprise” when she was told of the town’s success last Monday.
While it had twice been a runner-up, Crowland had not triumphed since winning the coveted plaques and certificates in 1980 and 1983.
She said it was particularly nice to win in what was the 50th anniversary of the competition.
It mattered how other people saw the town and this year there was much praise from the judges who remarked on Crowland’s great community spirit.
Their comments also referred to its attractiveness, splendid flower tubs on display, how hard residents had worked and that there was great evidence of its pride of place.
This year, said Mrs Knight, many organisations had been involved with projects and their hard work had contributed to the winning of the Best Kept Small Town Award.
But residents rose to the challenge too by using a red, white and blue theme in their gardens and hanging baskets and children were encouraged to take part in a giant sunflower competition, the wildlife group looked after the pond and the Wednesday Walking Group organised a litter pick.