On Wednesday 3rd August The interim Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd attended Kearsley Mount Methodist Church in the centre of Kearsley to judge the first ever Kearsley in Bloom competition.

Residents, Business, Organisations and Group within the Kearsley Ward area were asked to create a display, make their gardens look pretty or hang a basket on their home all for the cause of making Kearsley look beautiful over the summer months.

The Kearsley Festival Group who are formed of local residents hosted the 3 month long festival and helped to brighten up the area with railing planters, flower tubs, giant picture frames and giant flowers.

The group appealed to the locals to get involved volunteering to water the flowers or even entering their competition to win some great prizes which included meal vouchers donated by local eating establishments La Roma and Unity Brook Inn as well as Afternoon Tea for Two at The Houses of Parliament.

The school’s competition concluded before the break for holiday season whereby Tony Bridge from Bolton FM and local girl Christina Cunningham Miss North West crowned the winner St Peter’s School with close runner up St Stephen’s. Today was the turn of the residents and businesses and with the help of Tony Lloyd the winners were declared. Best resident entry went to Charles Gandy of Beech Avenue runner up being the Residents of Ivy Grove who did a joint entry.

The best Business went to Wells House Kindergarten with their amazing topical creation of the Olympics runner up with their equestrian creation was Ryder’s Farm. The most creative hanging basket/planter went to Ros and Jack Wharton of Lord Street followed by Pat Burrows.

Visit www.facebook.com/kearsleyinbloom to see all the winning entries. A great end to a lovely flowery season in Kearsley before we start our next adventure of building scarecrows for the second Kearsley Scarecrow Festival on 24th and 25th September visit www.facebook.com/kearsleyscarecrowfestival  for more information.