Britain in Bloom judges visit Uppingham

Britain in Bloom judges visit Uppingham. From left, James Coper of Uppingham School, judge John Wheatley, Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery, head gardener at Uppingham School  Rob Fisher, judge Sue Wood, mayor of Uppingham David Ainslie and judge Jeff Bates. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-11-08-15aw001 EMN-151108-161509001
Britain in Bloom judges visit Uppingham. From left, James Coper of Uppingham School, judge John Wheatley, Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery, head gardener at Uppingham School Rob Fisher, judge Sue Wood, mayor of Uppingham David Ainslie and judge Jeff Bates. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-11-08-15aw001 EMN-151108-161509001
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The Uppingham in Bloom committee have their fingers crossed until October after a visit from the judges in the national competition.

Two Britain in Bloom judges visited the town on Tuesday. Uppingham qualified for the national contest after winning gold in last year’s East Midlands in Bloom.

A party including committee members and mayor of Uppingham Dave Ainslie welcomed the judges at Uppingham School before taking them on a tour of the town.

Committee member Pam Dolby said: “It was hard work but the team pulled together.

“The two judges were very complimentary about the organisation of the tour. They had lunch afterwards which they very much appreciated.

“It was nice to have a big group of us to welcome them.

“The town looked great. Everyone worked really hard and the floral displays looked fantastic.”

Judges visited earlier this year for the 2015 East Midlands in Bloom competition, but the committee had to keep working until the national judges turned up.

“We had to keep the standard up after the regionals,” said Pam. “The whole place looked really tidy and the judges seemed to appreciate the whole day.

“We’re now keeping out fingers crossed for the results on October 16.”

The regional results will be announced in September.