Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

A shower of awards for Northern Ireland's bloomin' best areas

Jacinta Keelan celebrates as Carrickfergus scoops Best Large Town in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2013 Competition

From pumpkins at Shore Road to blossoms in Omagh, the work of Northern Ireland's green-fingered heroes has been recognised.

The winners of the 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced yesterday at a special awards ceremony in Carrickfergus –the 35th year of the awards.

Derry was named Best City, Carrickfergus won the Large Town category, Banbridge was the Best Town and Ahoghill was the Best Small Town in the competition which recognises the difference that plant and floral displays can make to everyday life.

Broughshane won the Large Village category, Glenarm was named Best Village and Scarva won Best Small Village.

Meanwhile, the Most Improved award went to Saintfield, and Lisburn received the Roses in Towns prize.

Businesses Johnston Upholstery in Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh and Conway's Bar in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, scooped awards for outstanding presentation.

In the Floral Station categories, Ballymoney Train Station won Best Station and Brighter Whitehead Community received the Community Rail Halt Award for their work at Whitehead Train Station.

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