BRIDLINGTON truly has been in bloom this summer with well kept gardens and attractive floral displays which have all featured in Bridlington Tourism Association’s annual best frontage competition.
Once again awards were given to the most impressive frontages at guesthouses, hotels and self catering accomodation around the town.
Four awards were handed out – gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze – with gardens judged by the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Coun Chad Chadwick, former Bridlington in Bloom chairman Barry Mitchell and Carol Heyhurst of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire.
This year’s gold award winner was The Belmont guest house on Flamborough Road, which has been run by Rob and Sue Bennett for the past four and a half years.
Sue said that she was “chuffed” to have won the gold award, which she also won in 2010 alongside that year’s Bridlington in Bloom gold award.
She said: “It is a real labour of love being out in the garden and making things look nice. I fit it in around running the B&B, sometimes I’m out watering and tending to the plants quite late at night but I love it.
“I just wanted a nice garden in the first place, but I’m very proud to receive an award. If everyone were to take care of their garden then Bridlington would be an even nicer place.”
The Grantlea guest house on South Street took home the silver gilt award. Sandra Odey, who runs the guest house alongside husband David, said: “I was really thrilled about getting it.
“I just love doing the garden. We find it a good source of advertising and we get lots of nice comments from guests which is lovely, we have been here 15 years and have 15 awards – so we will keep it up.
“I think having an inviting frontage helps put a spring in people’s step, and cheers people up when they pass by. I get lots of comments from passers by when I’m out in the garden.”
Lincoln House on Wellington Road received the silver award. Sylvia Wright said her husband John loves to tend to the garden, despite having two hanging baskets stolen earlier in the year.
She said: “John loves to do it, we keep it looking nice for ourselves and our guests. And I like to supervise!
“We are thrilled to achieve the silver award as the standard of those who entered this year was really high, the more inviting and attractive frontages we have the better for the town. I think they are vital.”
Paul Cox, who has run the Glen Alan guest house on Flamborough Road alongside his wife Brenda for four and a half years, said: “I’m delighted to win the bronze award. We put in a new patio and railings over the past two years, and we want to keep improving.
“It’s the first award we’ve won so we will continue to try and improve.”
Also highly commended in the competition were Fountain House, on Marlborough Terrace, Marshall Lodge on Marshall Avenue, Rialto and Kilburn guest houses, both on Trinity Road, and Pembroke House and Spinnaker House, both on Pembroke Terrace.