West Norfolk finalists will not be able to bloom this year
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals competition will not be going ahead.
Both Lynn and Hunstanton had been chosen to represent the Anglia region in the finals of the 2020 awards.
Last year, Hunstanton was presented the Gold Award in the Coastal Category at the annual awards ceremony, held in London.
Despite missing on the top prize, which went to St Andrew's, Hunstanton officials said at the time that they were already"bubbling with ideas" for this year.
But those hopes have now been dashed by a coronavirus statement released this week.
It states: "This is a worldwide and unprecedented challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of communities, volunteers and judges remains our number one priority.
"Communities put huge year-round effort into Britain in Bloom to the benefit of both people and the environment and we know our 70 finalists will be very disappointed. The decision has not been taken lightly.
"We thank those involved for all the hard work they’ve put in so far to make the UK a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place, and their amazing community spirit that will be very important to people in the difficult times ahead."
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