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In Bloom results announced for Uppingham, Stamford, Oakham and Bourne

Members of Oakham in Bloom with East Midlands in Bloom judges during a visit earlier this year Photo: Lee Hellwing
Members of Oakham in Bloom with East Midlands in Bloom judges during a visit earlier this year Photo: Lee Hellwing

Months of hard work were rewarded when Uppingham was announced Small Town category winner in the 2018 East Midlands in Bloom competition.

The town received a Gold award while Stamford, which entered for the first in about 30 years, received a Silver in the Large Town category.

Bourne and Oakham, both entered in the Town category, received Silver Gilt awards.

Uppingham in Bloom chairman Miranda Jones hailed the win and said it meant the town had now qualified for the national finals to be held next year.

Speaking soon after the awards ceremony held in Newark on Wednesday (September 19), she said: "The Small Town category is the most competitive and has the most number on entrants so this is a big achievement for us.

"We are thrilled.

"It's really brilliant and is testament to all the hard work that everyone put in. It's a fantastic achievement."

Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey said the award was an "excellent result" for the town.

"It's reward for a lot of hard work from a few people," he said.

"Last year we received a Silver award so this year we have gone forwards which is great."

Oakham Mayor Adam Lowe also hailed the town's award as a great achievement.

"It's recognition that the town is holding its own," he said.

"We had a particularly hot summer this year and needed to do extra watering so to achieve a Silver Gilt is a reflection of the hard work done by volunteers."

Ann Ellis from Stamford in Bloom said the town had received great support from everyone involved.

"We are delighted with our Silver - it's more than we could have possibly expected for our first attempt," she said.

"We still have a long way to go but have a good base to work off looking to the future."

East Midlands in Bloom is an annual competition organised by the EMIB Regional Committee, and is one of the 18 regions/nations which comprise ‘Britain in Bloom‘, the campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

- Don't miss our full report in Friday's Rutland and Stamford Mercury

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