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Anglia In Bloom 2017: Full list of winners and regional mentions

PUBLISHED: 10:47 14 September 2017

Adrian Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom making sure the hanging baskets in the village have a good soaking during this spell of very hot weather.

Picture: James Bass

Adrian Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom making sure the hanging baskets in the village have a good soaking during this spell of very hot weather. Picture: James Bass

The horticultural achievements of the East Anglian region have been recognised once more, as winners were crowned at the annual Anglia in Bloom awards ceremony.

Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Pictured at St Peter Mancroft Church. Photo: Antony Kelly Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Pictured at St Peter Mancroft Church. Photo: Antony Kelly

This year held at the Ocean Rooms in Gorleston, the ceremony saw the culmination of months of judging and deliberation, with the committee awarding gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze awards to recognition of each communities floral efforts.

There were also overall winners crowned across more than 20 different categories - many of which were brought home to Norfolk and Waveney.

Bob Ollier, Anglia in Bloom chairman, said: “The Anglia in Bloom communities should be justifiably proud of this year’s achievements.

“This year, standards continued on from last year with excellent awards achieved, with 50 gold, 27 silver gilt, nine silver and one bronze awarded.”

Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Terry Bane, left, from Norwich in Bloom, talking to the judges at The Assembly House. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Terry Bane, left, from Norwich in Bloom, talking to the judges at The Assembly House. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

One place in particular which enjoyed a great deal of success in the awards was Filby. The village itself was named winner of the village category, while Filby Bridge was best restaurant and Adrian Thompson claimed special recognition for long and voluntary service.

The full list of winners and Norfolk and Waveney mentions are as follows:

Best overall entry: Bury St Edmunds

Best village: Filby

Rita McCluskey, from Norwich's Adam and Eve pub receives her Norwich In Bloom award from Lord Mayor David Fullman. Pic: Norwich In Bloom. Rita McCluskey, from Norwich's Adam and Eve pub receives her Norwich In Bloom award from Lord Mayor David Fullman. Pic: Norwich In Bloom.

Best small town: Overall: Frinton-on-sea. Gold: Downham Market, Halesworth. Silver Gilt: South Wootton, Holt

Best town: Halstead. Silver Gilt: Swaffham. Certificate of achievement: Attleborough

Best large town: Bury St Edmunds. Gold: King’s Lynn, Wisbech

Best city: Norwich.

Best urban community: Waterlees (Wisbech)

Best coastal: Hunstanton. Gold: Great Yarmouth. Silver Gilt: Lowestoft

Best business improvement district: Norwich BID

Best historic and heritage parks: Wrest Park and Garden

Best large park: Eaton Park, Norwich. Gold: Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park, both Bury St Edmunds

Best medium park: Halstead public gardens. Silver: Halesworth Town Park

Best small park: Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft. Gold: St Peter’s Gardens, Wisbech. Silver gilt: Jenny Lind Park, Norwich, Kensington Gardens, Lowestoft

Best small cemeteries: Old Linslade Cemetery. Silver gilt: Wisbech General Cemetery. Silver: Halesworth Closed Cemetery, Holt Cemetery

Best large cemetery: Dunstable

Best churchyard: Holy Trinity Churchyard, Rayleigh. Gold: Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich, Filby All Saints, Churchyard. Silver gilt: St Stephen’s Churchyard, Norwich.

Best crematorium: Fenland. Silver gilt: Great Yarmouth

Best woodland: Danby Woods, Norwich

Best pub: Adam and Eve, Norwich. Gold, The Whalebone, Norwich. Silver: Live and Let Live, Downham Market.

Best Hotel: Georgian Town House Norwich. Silver gilt: The Assembly House, Norwich, Gunton Hall Hotel, Lowestoft, The Golden Lion, Hunstanton, Corton Coastal Village Hotel. Silver: Brook Hotel, Norwich

Best restaurant: Filby Bridge Restuarant. Silver gilt: The Assembly House, Norwich

Best new entry: Woburn

Most consistently improved: Coggeshall

The Mike Ames Award: Jo and Reg Chiddock (Norwich), Adrian Thompson (Filby), Jon Attoe (Norwich)

Special award for a conservation project: Filby School Clay Pits Project

Special award for environmental qualities: Bury St Edmunds

Special award for a garden for special needs: Escape Project, Swaffham

Special award for industrial and commercial area: Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth

Special award for public open spaces: Eaton Park, Norwich

Special award for a young person’s project: Meadow Gate School, Wisbech

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