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Flower power awards night night in Keighley
Keighley in Boom winners receive their awards from Keighley Mayor Councillor Sally Walker (front row, second from left) Pictures by Mike Simmonds
Keighley is blooming when it comes to floral displays.
And some of the town’s best were recognised on Monday night.
Keighley in Bloom staged its awards evening at the North Street civic centre.
Prizes were handed out to winners in this year’s best-kept garden contest, which attracted nearly 40 entries.
And some of the local victors in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition also received their accolades.
More than 60 people attended the evening, including the Lord Mayor of Bradford – Keighley councillor Khadim Hussain – and town mayor, Coun Sally Walker.
Mike Cunningham, of the Keighley in Bloom Partnership, said: “It was a really good night.
“The standards in the best-kept garden contest this year were very high and the container gardens were brilliant – it was a good summer.
“And one of the biggest cheers of the night was for the war memorial, which won in Yorkshire in Bloom.”
He thanked everyone who had taken part, and urged people to get involved in the competition next year.
Winners in the best-kept garden initiative included Jeffrey Parker and his wife, Marilyn, who took gold in the best garden category. They dedicated their medal to the memory of fellow green-fingered enthusiast and Keighley in Bloom stalwart, Bob Horrell, who died in July.
A gold medal in the same category, as well as in the allotment section, went to Noel Kitchen.
Keighley won a silver-gilt rose in the large town section of Yorkshire in Bloom.
East Morton picked up a silver gilt in the village category, while in the individual sections, the flowerbeds around Keighley cenotaph ensured this won the best memorial in Yorkshire award.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway took gold in the visitor attraction category and also gained the discretionary tourism award.
There were further achievements in the private categories, with the Busfeild Arms at East Morton and Mount Pleasant Kennels in Keighley both winning gold.
Airedale Hospital won a silver-gilt rose, as did the Airedale Shopping Centre, Holmewood Residential Care Centre and Oaks Day Centre. Holden Park and Holden Hall in Oakworth took silver.
Schools also showed off their expertise with a gold for Lees Primary and a silver for Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary.
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