The cream of Bridlington’s gardens have been celebrated as part of Bridlington Tourism Association’s best frontage award.
This year, the Gold Award went to the Grantlea guest house on South Street, while The Belmont on Flamborough Road scooped silver, and Bailey Seascapes on Trinity Road and Pembroke Apartments on Pembroke Terrace both were awarded Bronze Awards.
And for Sandra Odey, who has run Grantlea with husband Mike for 16 years, it has been a double awards joy.
She said: “It feels great to have been recognised. We also won the Town Council’s award earlier this year. It is hard work, but I really enjoy it. There’s nothing better than being out in the garden. We are lucky that we have quite a nice symmetrical garden with a gate in the middle.
“It is a good advertisement for us to potential guests, and the more nice gardens there are in Bridlington the better the town looks.”
Sue Bennett, along with her husband Rob, has run The Belmont on Flamborough Road for five and a half years.
She said: “It’s fantastic that we have another award. We won Gold last year so it’s nice to be recognised again.
“You put a lot of work into it but it’s a labour of love. It was a lovely summer for the garden and for bookings, so when guests went out to the bar on a night I was out for hours watering the garden!”
John Bailey at Seascapes Apartments, said: “I am very happy to be have been recognised. I have been doing the garden for four or five years but only joined the BTA last year. A lot of effort goes into it, I spend £100 on bedding plants and £90 on a watering system for the hanging baskets, but it’s worth it to keep it looking nice. You see people driving past and rubber necking to have a look.”
Allan and Mary Eaton, of Pembroke Apartments, were also grateful for their Bronze Award. Mary said: “I can’t take the credit because it is Allan who does the gardening, but we’re delighted with the award. It really makes a difference to the front of the place. It’s good to see so many people involved. They always say that if you look after your own then everything gets better, and that’s what we try and do.
“We also have a corner of Pembroke Gardens with Bob and Carol at the Spinnaker that we tend to brighten the place up a bit.”
Seven members of the Bridlington Tourism Association were also ‘Very Highly Commended’ which were: Alexandra Complex, and Hemsley Holiday Flats, both of Alexandra Drive; Marshall Lodge on Marshall Avenue; Rialto on Trinity Road; Ryburn on Flamborough Road; Spinnaker House at Pembroke Terrace; and Lincoln House on Wellington Road.
Coun Chad Chadwick, who judged alongside Carol Hayhurst from Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, and Barry Mitchell, former chair of Bridlington in Bloom, said: “The standard of entries this year was very high indeed. Everyone who keeps their guest houses looking nice improves the town for tourists and residents.”