Silver Gilt for St. Brelade in Sunderland
by Thomas Frederick
THE long-awaited awards in the 2016 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 'Britain in Bloom Competition' were held in Sunderland in early October.
The Channel Islands featured strongly with St. Helier winning Gold and crowned Category Champions and St. Brelade awarded Silver Gilt - missing out on Gold by the narrowest of margins and pipped to the post by Guernsey's St. Pierre du Bois who came away smiling with a Gold and also Category Champions.
Over seventy competing communities from villages, towns and cities from across Britain, were represented by some 600 people attending the event hosted by Sunderland City Council.
The St. Brelade award was presented to Constable Steve Pallett and Parish in Bloom Co-ordinator Jeff Hathaway by Co-Vice Chairman of the RHS Panel of Judges, Jeff Bates.
Constable Pallett said.
"The standard of competition is very high and to have achieved a Silver Gilt is no mean feat. I am extremely proud of our parish team and those who have supported them in bringing home this prestigious award. We were praised for our horticultural displays and our community involvement. I must also congratulate St. Helier too, very worthy winners of a Gold and also category champions.“
Co-ordinator Jeff Hathaway said:
"So close to Gold, but you have to be in it to win it and we did qualify in style. On this occasion our Guernsey colleagues came out on top. It gives us huge encouragement for our 2016 entry - on which we have already made a start."