Halesworth scoops Anglia in Bloom gold award for fourth consecutive year
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The finest floral artistry on offer in Halesworth has been recognised at an awards ceremony which rewards communities working hard to beautify their surroundings.
With entrants having dedicated months of time and effort to ensure their local areas caught the eye, Anglia in Bloom hosted its annual celebration at Gorleston's seaside Ocean Room.
Judges dished out a record number of gold awards - the top prize on offer for each category - at this year's event, demonstrating the immense commitment and desire from participants in the six counties that are able to enter.
Halesworth has seen its fair share of success in the past and this year was no different.
The town managed to achieve a gold award in the small town category, as well as taking a silver award in the medium parks classification for Halesworth Town Park
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There was also a silver for the Halesworth Closed Cemetery in the cemeteries under 10 acres award.
Tamsyn Imison, who is the co-ordinator behind the Halesworth in Bloom committee, expressed how pleased she was of the town's ability to consistently surpass expectations.
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'I'm so proud that we've been able to achieve the gold award for the small town category four years on the trot,' she said.
'We've wanted to create a place where people think 'this is a beautiful place to come', and I think we've managed to do that.
'We honestly couldn't believe how we did, especially when we were competing against various other outstanding places.'
After five years at the helm, Ms Imison will now be handing over the Halesworth in Bloom reins to Karen Austin, who is already heavily involved with the group.
Despite no longer taking an active involvement, she is more than satisfied with what the group has managed to achieve over the last few years and is positive about Halesworth's fortunes.
'We've really managed to perk up the place and parts of the town are looking absolutely extraordinary,' Ms Imison added.
'In my opinion there is nowhere else in the country quite as wonderful and quirky as Halesworth.'
If you would like to see the full list of this year's Anglia in Bloom award winners, visit angliainbloom.co.uk/2017-award-winners.