CONGRATULATIONS go to residents who helped picturesque Greatham village to scoop a gold award in a prestigious competition.
The village earned a Gold Medal award in this year’s Northumbria In Bloom for its efforts in making the village an attractive and happy place to live.
It is a marked improvement on last year when it had to settle for a Silver Gilt award in the Best Village category.
The village’s entry was once again spearheaded by volunteers on the Greatham In Bloom Committee.
Chairman Dorothy Clark said: “We are very happy that we have brought it home for the people of the village and everybody who helped and did something towards it.
“We put a lot of hard work in this year. Also with it being the 50th anniversary of Northumbria In Bloom and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War we wanted to mark both events.”
The village held an exhibition of war memorabilia and displays at the community centre as part of a project to make a booklet about Greatham’s First World War soldiers.
Eileen Burn, chairman of Northumbria In Bloom, said: “Taking part in the competition is a rewarding experience, which improves the environment for local residents, encourages tourism and businesses to come to our region, and develops community spirit and a pride in the local environment.”
Greatham was visited twice by Northumbria In Bloom judges.
The village also organised community tidy ups and many residents did their bit around their homes.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held in Newcastle.