Village going for a gold repeat

Paul Heward pictured watering the blooms outside the Smiths Arms.
Paul Heward pictured watering the blooms outside the Smiths Arms.

A VILLAGE is hoping for more golden success in one of Britain’s most prestigious floral competitions.

Officials from Northumbria in Bloom will be in Greatham on Monday for their summer inspection.

Greatham took gold in the best village category last year and Paul Heward, landlord of the Smiths Arms in High Street, is hoping his hostelry can do the same this year.

The pub has taken silver for the past two years in the category of best effort for upkeep of external premises of a public house and hotel.

“I am hoping to go higher this year,” said Paul, who has spent nearly £1,200 on his floral display.

Entrants from Yorkshire to Northumberland will be rivalling the Greatham bid, but Paul is already attracting positive comments for his display.

He said: “The outside of the pub and the beer garden is covered in flowers.”

Village business Blooming Marvellous provided the displays which went up four weeks ago and have provided the pub with an array of colours. Judges will be shown around the village’s most attractive features by members of the Greatham In Bloom committee.

It follows the judges’ spring visit in April and residents are being urged to do their bit to make the village look as nice as possible for the important day.

Brian Walker, from the Greatham campaign committee, said: “We are appealing for everyone to help make the village look its best and be free of weeds and no litter.”

The judges will also be looking for examples of community involvement as well as overall attractiveness. The results will be announced at a ceremony in September.