Bunch of top titles awarded

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GOLD and silver have been added to colourful floral displays after a bunch of top titles were awarded.

Northumbria In Bloom’s judges have championed Sunderland as the best large city in this year’s competition, giving it a gold award.

In addition to the usual roster of awards, three special titles were announced at a ceremony held yesterday.

Paul Parker, Durham Riverbanks Ranger, was given the Bob Woolley Award for his outstanding contribution by a paid worker in support of the annual challenge.

The project was also awarded silver gilt in the Durham Villages Trophy for best conservation project.

Other winners include Doxford Park, which is a trophy winner for the best volunteer project; Low Pittington and Shincliffe, which both got silver in the best small village section; Boldon with gold and Cleadon and Easington with silver in the best large village category; Easington Colliery with a silver for best small town; Horden with silver for best town; Chester-le-Street, Hetton and Houghton with silver for best large town; Washington with silver for best small city; Belmont, Carrville and Gilesgate with silver for best urban community.