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The Presentation Evening for the competition was held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at Blyth Comrades Club and was well attended by the competition entrants, their family and friends, Blyth Town Councillors and invited guests.
Cllr Kath Nisbet, Chair of the Events Committee, welcomed everyone and gave a short introduction. She has always been keen to start a competiton for Blyth, since the one that had been run by Blyth Valley Borough Council, and was happy that a new competiton has been launched this year. She hopes that it would grow bigger in the years to come with everyone encouraging their friends and neighbours to join in. She thanked Alison McCabe, the Office Manager, for bringing the competition together. Cllr Nisbet then handed over to Cllr John Potts, Mayor, to make the presentations together with Jimmy Reith, one of the judges. Cllr Potts thanked the judges who were all present - Jimmy Reith, our colleague at Northumberland County Council, Bob Stephenson a former Blyth Valley Council employee and one of the Town Council’s main Bloom volunteers, Dave Clough, Blyth Town Council’s Allotments Officer - Cllr Potts was keen to point out that Dave didn’t judge the allotments category. He also thanked Terry Garnick, Northumberland County Council, for his advice and support. He explained how the judges had marked the entries before announcing the winners. The winners in each category were:
|Best Front Garden||Glen Brown||Chestnut Avenue|
|Best Back Garden||Robert and Beryl Cessford||Herring Gull Close|
|Best Back Yard||Isobel Hatcher||Forster Street|
|Best Commercial or Community Group||Tynedale House Residential Home||Represented by Linda Starkey|
|Best Allotment||Stephen McMillan||Beatrice Avenue Site|
|Judges’ Discretionary Award||Jean Hayton||Pioneer Way|
Each of the winners was presented with a personalised glass trophy, a certificate and and £20 gift voucher for Perennial Favourites.
All of the entrants were then invited up to be presented with a certificate and a 5% discount voucher for Perennial Favourites or Greenwolds Plant Centre at Royal Quays.
The Mayor again thanked everyone who took part and especially thanked Adam Greenwold, owner of Perennial Favourites and Greenwolds Plant Centre, for sponsoring the competition by providing the prizes.
The buffet was then opened and we all enjoyed the evening - mainly chatting about gardening and next year’s competition!