Frinton and Halstead scoop top honours at Anglia in Bloom 2010

FRINTON and Halstead were the big winners at today’s Anglia in Bloom awards.

Halstead claimed the top prize in the town category, ahead of Maldon, Sudbury and Woodbridge, while Frinton was named the best small town over Saxmundham, Kelvedon and Martlesham.

Bury St Edmunds missed out in the large town category - although the town did receive a gold award - as overall winner Huntingdon scooped top honours.

Meanwhile, Colchester and Ipswich were runners-up behind Bedford in the small city voting.

Castle Park in Colchester won the best local authority floral display prize, while Clare Country Park claimed the best public open space award.

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The awards were held at the Delphi Club in Sudbury.

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “Over the last few years we have become accustomed to the differing climate changes, and again this year we had the challenge of several weeks of hot weather, with the green grass disappearing - it was yet another great challenge for all the entries, who had the task of nurturing many tender bedding plants through these hot spells of weather.

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“There were 66 entrants this year 12 achieved Gold standard and 28 Silver Gilt standard, quite impressive considering the weather.

“All entrants are continuing to achieve more sustainable displays along with outstanding bedding displays which are not possible without the continued support from the many community groups engaged across the Anglia Region who are dedicated to enhancing their community in this prestigious Environmental Campaign.

“I wish to congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England, for the enthusiasm, commitment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region.

“It is a great credit to you all, remember by taking part you are all winners - well done.”

- For more on the awards, including pictures and full results, buy tomorrow’s paper.

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