Town is set to Bloom again

Barry Mitchell,
Barry Mitchell,

BRIDLINGTON will Bloom again.

After falling committee membership and waning public interest the floral battle did not take place this year.

Now Bridlington Town Council have thrown the once popular competition a lifeline and is to take over Bridlington in Bloom activities from January 1.

That also includes the responsibility for floral decorations in the town centre.

Barry Mitchell, chairman of the bloom committee for the past eight years, said he was delighted by the news.

He will continue to act as an advisor in a consultancy role to the council.

He explained over the past two years Bridlington in Bloom lost five key members of its working committee through re-employment, ill health or other causes.

“It has proved extremely difficult to gain interest and recruit any local people into these voluntary posts.

“Nationally, in places the size of Bridlington or above, it is usual for the local council to have some or total input into their ‘in Bloom’ activities.

“Being the largest community within the East Riding, Bridlington has become too greater entity both physically and financially for a voluntary group to make the floral and environmental impact the town deserves,” he said.

He described now as being the ideal time to hand over the In Bloom task to the town council.

Apart from maintaining the floral features and activities which have been introduced by the in Bloom group.

The Town Council is in a stronger position to ensure that the Beverley based East Riding of Yorkshire Council fulfils its mandatory grounds and streetscene service responsibilities within the town.

“It is sad to have to wind-up a group that over nearly thirty years has achieved so much for the town but we look on this move as an obvious way forward with this good work.

“Bridlington’s economy revolves largely around tourism and here it is vital that the town and its environs look at their attractive best at all possible times. We feel sure that the Bridlington Town Council will do its best to see this happens,” he said.

Mr Mitchell thanked the local business people, associations and individuals that over the years have generously supported the cause, saying: “Without this backing the introduction of so many of the year-round floral features that townspeople have become to accept and the awards the town has achieved, locally, regionally and nationally, would not have been possible.”

In a prepared statement the Town Council said in addition to thanking all who have been involved with Bridlington in Bloom, in particular Barry and Mollie Mitchell for their efforts and hard work it had assigned a working group of councillors who were looking forward to taking on this role in the town.