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Hunstanton scoops top Anglia In Bloom prize

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A seaside town can say it is simply the best after scooping a top regional prize today.

Hunstanton's entry to the annual Anglia In Bloom competition was announced as the best overall during an awards ceremony in St Ives.

As well as scooping a gold standard for its entry, the town also won the best coastal category and the award for best local authority display.

Organisers of the Hunstanton in Bloom effort have plenty to celebrate
Organisers of the Hunstanton in Bloom effort have plenty to celebrate

But they're not the only ones celebrating, as Lynn also scooped gold and was declared the winner of the city category, for communities of more than 35,000 residents.

The town's Hardwick Road cemetery, which also won gold, scooped the top prize in its category, while the Mintlyn Crematorium, rated as silver gilt, was the leading entrant in the crematorium class.

Downham also scored a gold rating in the town category, covering places with between 6,000 and 12,000 residents but lost out to Halstead in Essex for the main award.

And there were also silver gilt awards for Bircham in the village section and South Wootton in the small town category.

Nick Bugden, deputy manager of the Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich, which is patron of the scheme this year, said: "We congratulate Hunstanton as overall winner and all communities that participated helping make their local neighbourhoods a nicer place to live."

Competition chairman George Dawson added: “Once again this year the Anglia region has bloomed, with communities coming together to clear, clean and brighten their local environments.

"From small villages to large cities residents have taken up the challenge to improve the visual aspect of their streets by making floral displays and clearing litter.

"We know that the fantastic enthusiasm that is so evident in this region will bring even greater results in the future."

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