After working flat out since March, the day of reckoning has finally arrived for the volunteers, organisations and businesses who have been working with the Ely Perspective to prepare the City for entry in this yearâ€™s Anglia in Bloom… along with the judges, Brian Thornton and Brian Swift.
Just under 40 voluntary organisations and businesses have been involved along with numerous individuals and preparations have been extensive and sustained as progress throughout the year has had to be recorded.
At a brief welcome ceremony at Ely Museum the two Brians were greeted by the Mayor, Cllr Bryant Watson â€“ who helped start the whole thing off back in February by paying the entry fee â€“ the Deputy Mayor, John Ison, Chairman of the Perspective, Philip Eden and members of the Perspective Design Group, who coordinated everybodyâ€™s efforts; Shirley Overall and Sheila Friend Smith who chairs the Group. Also present were Perspective members Nigel Bloxham and Ray Tinker who documented the entire process in photos and on video.
After Cllr Friend Smith and Mr Eden had welcomed the judges a video diary was shown documenting preparations for the competition.
Finally, Cllr Bryant Watson announced the winner of the Ely Window Dressing Competition and after thank youâ€™s and good byes all round the Judges, escorted by Philip Eden, Cllr and Mr Friend Smith and Shirley Overall set off on a two hour tour of blooming highlights, starting with the Museumâ€™s own floral display. Meanwhile the Mayor hot footed it to High Street Passage to award the trophy for Best Dressed Window to the winners, The Little Shop.
So what happens next?
The results of the judging will be announced on 22nd September in a prize giving ceremony at St Andrewâ€™s Hall in Norwich at that point we will find out how well we have done. The prizes are gold, silver and bronze but a gold would also mean we go through to Britain in Bloom next year.
If you missed your chance to join in this year not to worry, Anglia in Bloom 2006 is launched on 10th November and whether itâ€™s Anglia in Bloom or Britain in Bloom Ely will definitely be taking part next year. If you want to get involved in Ely in Bloom 2006 watch this space for details!
Just under 40 volunteer groups took part in Ely in Bloom this year while sponsors include the Mayor, Mayorâ€™s Charity, the Atrium Club, Ashwells property developers and Nigel Bloxham local photographer and Ray Tinker who gave hours of their time for free.
Photo – Main: Ely in Bloom Judges inspecting the Museum Garden
Ely in Bloom Judges start their tour of the City with the Museum garden.
Left to Right: Mr Friend Smith, the two Brians, Shirley Overall, Cllr Sheila Friend Smith and Philip Eden.
Photo – Inline: Ely in Bloom Shop Window Winner
Cllr Bryant Watson with staff from â€œThe Little Shopâ€? winner of the Ely in Bloom window-dressing competition.