YOUR LETTERS: Why were bloomers not front page news?

In Bloom presentation ANL-150916-181833001
In Bloom presentation ANL-150916-181833001

It is a shame that the Spalding Guardian, in its edition of September 17, chose to put on the front page the sad story of Mr and Mrs White leaving Spalding, while choosing to leave the good news of Spalding’s gold award in the East Midlands in Bloom competition on page 7.

The less prominent position for the gold award story is sad for all those involved with such continuing success for the town.

Perhaps more positive news about the town might encourage more businesses and individuals to help the Spalding In Bloom committee to make it an even better and more pleasant place to live

The competition’s judges look for quality of community and business involvement, horticultural expertise, green open spaces and wildlife enhancement amongst others – all going together to enhance the overall appearance of the area and for the benefit of us all. This requires a big effort from those involved, with many individuals contributing to gain such a commendable result for Spalding, which came a worthy second in their category.

The effort Mrs White has made to tidy parts of Spalding deserves great praise and anyone who cares about the town will share her disappointment. However, there are many very pleasant parts of Spalding which many of us can enjoy regularly now and in the future.

We can all find good and bad in most situations and people – it’s a pity that this particular piece of sad news was chosen for the front page when such excellent good news in a similar vein was readily available.

Perhaps more positive news about the town might encourage more businesses and individuals to help the Spalding In Bloom committee to make it an even better and more pleasant place to live.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you for your letter, John. By way of explanation, I should point out last year, the news of Spalding’s success was released to the media the previous day, giving us sufficient time to plan ahead and enabling us to put the story on the front page.

This year, however, the results were released very late on our press day, meaning we had no choice but to save an inside page, not knowing whether there would be cause for celebration or not. I hope this goes some way to placate your obvious disappointment.