Spalding In Bloom volunteers preparing to wow an East Midands judge in the hope of getting gold again after last year’s success were so busy planting up flower beds one of them got a parking ticket.
In spite of Coun Christine Lawton explaining to the traffic warden she was dropping off plants and tools, he told her she was too late as the ticket had already been written. Judge Jeff Bates started the tour at Springfields exhibition gardens and retail shopping outlet, where Peter Atkinson briefly outlined a new Scarecrow Mania festival. From there, Mr Bates visited the cemetery, Southfields House Retirement Home, Horseshoe Road allotments, Ayscoughfee Gardens, a sculpture ‘Dawn’ at Taku Bridge, the baskets in Bridge Street, Vine Street, The Crescent, the Market Place, on the way to Holland Market and at the railway station, and the displays at the Punch Bowl pub. Pictured at the judging in Ayscoughfee Gardens are Coun Rodney Grocock, head gardener Dan Cooper, Bloom secretary Irene Bates, Coun Angela and Alan Porter, and judge Jeff Bates. SG140715-114TW