Harborough looking pristine for In Bloom judge visit

Splendid sunny conditions helped to show the town in its best light during a visit from an East Midlands in Bloom judge on Monday.

Harborough won the regional In Bloom title for the first time in nearly ten years in 2014 and the hard-working, enthusiastic volunteers who run the town’s annual entry have toiled over the entire year to ensure another strong effort for 2015.

The floral displays at Harborough’s Welland Park were looking particularly glorious for the three-hour visit of judge Jo Tarrant on Monday.

The tour took in the park, St Joseph’s playing fields, the Millennium Mile, St Mary’s Place, The Square, Memorial Gardens, Old Grammar School, Church Street, High Street, The Three Swans Hotel, Harborough C of E School, Union Wharf, Brooke House, Little Bowden allotments, Hammond Arboretum, Saxon Close’s community garden, St Mary’s Road, Rockingham Road, Valley Way, the Oat Hill, J Stamp & Sons funeral directors and St Nicholas churchyard in Little Bowden.

The town was looking spotless as volunteers had worked from 8.30am until 8pm on Sunday litter-picking.

Harborough in Bloom co-ordinator Margaret Richards said: “We felt that it went really well. The town was looking pristine.”

Results will be announced in September at Rutland Water.