Surprise factor adds to awards excitement
THERE was a big turnout for the new-style Wells in Bloom presentation evening last week.
More chairs had to be put out as more than 100 people packed into the Town Hall’s main hall to find out who had won the awards. None of the winners were known in advance, unlike in previous years, and Wells in Bloom chairman Councillor Maureen Brandon judged the format to be a big success.
“I think the anticipation has brought more people out,” she said.
“It was an excellent turnout, and it was really good to see so many children here.
“It’s been a great success. The whole year has been a great success. People have been saying it’s been better than ever.”
Her sentiments were echoed by the Mayor of Wells, Councillor John North, in his address to the audience.
“I’d like to thank every one of you for what you do through the year to tend your gardens and make our city so beautiful,” he said.
“I think the schools have done particularly well this year and I thank them all.
“Wells in Bloom is loved by all citizens and all visitors. Throughout the year the city is awash with colour.”
He ended his speech by praising the contribution of Sylvia Hanks to Wells in Bloom over the past 15 years and presenting her with a special award.
Competition organiser Linda Bishop said that the number of entries was similar to last year with the exception of the Café Front or Patio area, for which there had been none.
Awards were presented to schools and allotment-holders, before moving on to the awards for indivduals, businesses and communities.
The evening ended with an informal buffet supper.