Marjorie is living the dream after prize success

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A CRAMLINGTON pensioner’s garden is almost too good to be true, according to a horticultural competition’s judges.

Majorie Williams, of Wolsingham Court in Nelson Village, was awarded a gold medal for most attractive front garden in the town section of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards.

The judges described Mrs Williams’ entry as a “dream garden”.

Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project was also awarded a gold for the best voluntary group, as was Morpeth’s King Elizabeth VI School.

The Steadings at Seaton Sluice was given a silver gilt for best combined effort by residents.

St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Church at Newbiggin was given a silver award in the class for best-kept grounds outside a religious establishment, and Bedlington’s Chester Court Care Home was given a gold medal for its grounds.

Holywell Ponds won a gold medal for best conservation project.

Newbiggin’s Church Point Caravan Park and Rutherford’s department store in Morpeth won silver gilt and gold prizes respectively in the commercial premises class.

In the licensed premises class, Morpeth’s Sun Inn picked up a silver gilt and the King’s Arms at Seaton Sluice was given a bronze certificate.

Other winners included Killingworth’s Amberley Primary School, Morpeth’s Collingwood School and Castle Morpeth Disability Association’s allotments at Bedlington.

Their awards were announced at the same ceremony at Saltburn last week at which the competition’s main prizes were handed out, as reported in last week’s News Post Leader.

Winners in the main prize classes included Cramlington, Morpeth, Ashington, Newbiggin, Seaton Sluice, Holywell and New Hartley.

Cramlington Town Council vice-chairman Susan Johnston said: “This is only the second year the council has entered the competition, and I am delighted that we have achieved this high standard as soon as we have.

“It’s a tremendous spring board to take things forward next year, and I look forward to many more members of the Cramlington community supporting our efforts.

“We still have a long way to go, but I think we’ve shown this year what can be achieved with the right will and commitment.”