Green fingered residents in Larne and Glenarm have once again clinched a double awards success in the Ulster in Bloom competition.
Glenarm scooped the ‘Best Village’ crown for the third year in a row, while Larne picked up the top prize in the ‘Best Town’ category for the second consecutive year.
And there was further success for the east Antrim area, as the award for ‘Community Rail Halt’ went to Brighter Whitehead Community for their work at the village train station.
Speaking of her delight at the result, Frances Wilson of Glenarm In Bloom told the Times: “We are thrilled to have completed a hat trick by winning first place in the ‘Best Village’ category three years running. We are just a small team of five or six volunteers, but we work very hard to improve Glenarm for visitors and residents alike. It is very rewarding to see this effort pay off and for our work to be recognised.
“I want to thank the local community for the part they played, with many residents also getting involved in some way.”
Translink Chief Operating Officer, Philip O’Neill paid tribute to all the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners and runners-up at the awards ceremony in The Guildhall, Londonderry.
“You have produced such stunning plant and floral displays which delight so many people on a daily basis,” he added.
“This has been another year where we’ve seen new locations claim some of the top spots in their categories which is really encouraging and shows that Ulster in Bloom continues to capture the interest and involvement of councils and communities right across Northern Ireland.”
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is organised by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).
Alderman Arnold Hatch, President of NILGA said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to represent the Northern Ireland Local Government Association and to convey our gracious thanks and congratulations to the Councils, the local In-Bloom committees, the residents, the business community and the many people who supported and actively participated in the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition.
“NILGA represents, promotes, sustains and improves local government on behalf of all 26 member councils and 11 emerging district councils, it is therefore fitting that we fully support and endorse Translink Ulster in Bloom across each individual council area now and in the future. The Association is committed to adding true value to the local government sector, through initiatives like Ulster in Bloom.”