Hunstanton’s pride in its community was rewarded when the town was crowned best of the bunch in the national Britain in Bloom competition.
The town not only scooped gold in the competition’s 50th birthday awards, but it was judged to be the best small coastal town (with a population up to 12,000) in the whole of the UK.
Hunstanton had beaten off competition from almost 4,000 other ‘Bloom’ groups just to make the national finals, which were held in Bristol on Thursday night.
Elizabeth Watson, chairman of the Hunstanton In Bloom committee, said the awards were a tribute to the whole community.
Speaking the day after the finals, she said: “We’re still jumping for joy, it’s just amazing and we’re still on cloud nine.
“We still can’t believe how well we did. We met with the judges today and they said there wasn’t much to say except ‘we can’t fault you’. They were so impressed by the whole community effort.
“They loved all the work around Boston Square and the incredible garden at St Edmunds...they thought it was all wonderful.”
Christine Earnshaw, Hunstanton Town Council’s representative on the Hunstanton In Bloom committee, said: “It’s wonderful news.
“It was such a big team effort with so many people in the community coming together for this one event.”
There were just three towns shortlisted for in best small coastal town category, with Hunstanton pipping Filey and Tenby – which were both awarded silver gilt awards on the night.
The awards were presented by Rutland gardener, RHS ambassador and six-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist, Adam Frost.
He said: “In my early career I was involved in Britain in Bloom and in April this year I helped launch the 50th anniversary of this fantastic campaign. So, I know all about the amazing work that the thousands of Bloom volunteers up and down the country do on a daily basis.”
He added: “It’s such an honour to be asked to present the awards to those who have made it to the national finals – they are all inspirational people.”
Mrs Watson said Hunstanton’s Britain In Bloom awards marked a double celebration for the town as they came just days after Hunstanton Cliffs were named the coastal winner in The Geological Society of London’s top ten geosites in the UK and Ireland.
She said: “We always knew that Hunstanton Cliffs were something special so to have them recognised in the top ten coastal geosites is brilliant.”