Blooming brilliant news for Beautiful volunteers

Burgh Beautiful escort judges from Britain in Bloom in August.
Burgh Beautiful escort judges from Britain in Bloom in August.

Linlithgow scooped Silver Gilt in the ‘town’ category at the 50th Britain in Bloom UK Final awards last night (Thursday).

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Ron Smith, chairman of Burgh Beautiful, which co-ordinates efforts to keep the town’s floral displays in tip top condition, said: “We’re delighted to have won a silver gilt award from the Royal Horticultural Society in the 2014 Britain in Bloom finals.

“It is a great reward for all the hard work of our volunteers, West Lothian Council, local businesses, community planters and the many local groups which support our efforts and our generous sponsors.

“We know that our efforts to beautify the town have struck a chord with the people of Linlithgow and hope that the colourful displays also provide a warm welcome for our visitors.”

Britain in Bloom judges toured the UK earlier this year when they met community representatives for each finalist.

On Linlithgow in Bloom’s efforts, RHS judges Jeff Bates and Ian Beaney said: “The tour of Linlithgow showed the judges how proud the residents were of a history dating back to 1138.

“The tour epitomised the advantage of council and residents working together.”