Monday, 20 September 2004
Dozens of people - young and old - who work hard throughout the year to make Thurrock a prettier place celebrated success at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The annual Thurrock in Bloom Association presentation evening opened with Glyn Long, the council's senior horticultural officer and association chairman, announcing the the borough had secured a silver medal in Anglia in Bloom's 2004 City section.
Orsett in Bloom also secured a silver medal in the Large Village section of the regional competition.
At the Thameside trophies and prizes were handed out by Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Ian Harrison - for an hour the borough's green-fingered citizens stepped up to the stage.
Among the highlights were children from Stifford Primary School in Parker Road, Grays. Seven of the youngsters will have their paintings displayed in the Thurrock in Bloom 2005 calendar, securing the overall paintings prize for their school and a weather station prize.
And Pat Smith, the Thurrock in Bloom co-ordinator, received the Alan McPherson Trophy for her Outstanding Contribution to Thurrock in Bloom.
Full list of winners available on request (Andy Lever 01375 652924)
Photographs from the award ceremony available from Andy Lever.