VILLAGERS are celebrating after their haul of Northumbria in Bloom awards grew even further.
The colourful flower displays, summer planting and hanging baskets in West Boldon and Cleadon were praised by judges and brought the first gold award to the borough in more than 10 years.
West Boldon struck gold in the Large Village category, the village’s Hamilton Terrace won the top award in the Best Combined Efforts of a Clearly Defined Community category, West Boldon Lodge hit the heights for Best Conservation Project and the Red Lion won in the Public House and Hotels group.
Cleadon in Bloom are also celebrating after winning a silver gilt award in the Large Village category and the council’s Tom Thornton won a special award for his outstanding contribution to Northumbria in Bloom.
The winners were announced in an awards ceremony in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
Chairman of West Boldon Residents’ Association, Connie Baker said: “Everybody is delighted and very proud of the achievements.
“To win four gold medals is outstanding.
“I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has pulled together and worked hard to achieve the awards.”
Cleadon in Bloom committee member Lesley Smith said: “On behalf of the committee I would like to thank the community for their help in the way they have managed to keep village looking tidy and colourful. We are really pleased with the results, especially as it is the first time we’ve entered it independently and it is such a large area.”
Coun Jim Perry, lead member for neighbourhood and environment, praised the communities on their achievements.
He said: “This is a great result and even more so that the borough has achieved its first gold for a town or village in over a decade.
“It’s also wonderful for local community groups to be acknowledged for the fantastic work they do to improve the appearance of their area.
“Well done to all those involved, especially local people for their dedication and hard work.
“Their efforts have not only helped the borough to collect these prestigious awards but have made our villages look absolutely fantastic this summer, bringing great pride and pleasure to those who live, work and visit there.
“It just goes to show how simple things like keeping gardens tidy or placing flower pots or hanging baskets can make a huge difference.”