Sun comes out in time for In Bloom judges
The early morning drizzle cleared away in time for a tour of Caistor by judges from East Midlands In Bloom today (Wednesday, July 15, 2015).
Judges Peter Benham and Chris Beal were escorted around the town, with the route taking in The Cornhill and several other sites for the first time.
The change in route was praised by Mr Benham at a reception afterwards in The White Hart. “Some places you go to, you see the same route year after year, but Caistor had a completely different route this year,” he said. “It was interesting to compare between this year and last year.”
He also praised the townspeople for their efforts. “In a way, you are the judges. You decide how nice your town is and how safe, green and pleasant. Well done to all.”
His praise was echoed by Caistor in Bloom President Ernie Brown. “Every year we try to raise the bar and every year we try to jump over that bar,” Mr Brown told the reception. “We would not be able to jump over that bar without the people in this room. Every single one of you has done that little bit.”
Mayor Carol Mackenzie read a poem by Caistor resident David Rivett called “The Long, Cool Drink” which praised the ‘floral garland wound about the town’. Mayor Mackenzie has a talent for reading poetry. Her diction was clear and her delivery was well paced.
A lunch was laid on by The White Hart and Sealord.
There will be no time for the Caistor In Bloom team to rest on their laurels – the town is expecting another judging day on August 3 for the Britain In Bloom competition.
Photographs by Stewart Wall