Best marks ever blossom for town

MORPETH has received its highest ever score in Northumbria In Bloom, it has been revealed.

The town received 94 per cent in its assessments as judges struggled to find faults with the floral displays, environmental work or community input.

Last month, the Herald reported that Morpeth had been named Best Town and taken a Gold award in the contest for the sixth year running.

But its outstanding score was not announced until a meeting of Morpeth Town Council last week.

Coun David Parker said: “The result is fantastic. We are going to have an opportunity later to say positive things to partner organisations and obviously we are pleased with the efforts the council has made, but we need to particularly praise our Clerk Gillian Turner.

“She is the linchpin of the whole thing and does extremely good work networking with the other organisations and pulling the whole thing together. We are all grateful.”

However, Ms Turner played down her role.

“It is a team effort, which is why we score so highly on the community side,” she said.

The awards saw Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade retain the Best Shopping Precinct title and Rutherfords won Best Individual Commercial Effort.

Gold awards were presented to the KEVI Gnomes and Betty Greener for her displays at Morpeth Railway Station.

The Sun Inn received a Silver Gilt and Heighley Gate worker Ethel Richardson was given a special award.