Above: Susan Richardson, Mary Sheldrick, Lydia Bailey and Philippa Sewell celebrate Heacham’s success. Picture: Paul Tibbs

West Norfolk communities are celebrating success in the Anglia in Bloom contest.

And King’s Lynn should be re-joining competitors taking part next year.

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said 2015 had been a “really good year” and entrants had upped the standard.

“We would like to see new entrants next year and ones that didn’t take part this year, such as King’s Lynn, to come back.”

West Norfolk Council spokesman Sharon Clifton, said: “There have been lots of major projects in King’s Lynn this year, with the bus station works, and works at the town hall.”

She added the council was hoping to enter the contest next year with the inclusion of the planned new garden at the town hall.

Meanwhile, South Wootton scooped a silver gilt award, while the village’s junior school won Best Young People’s Project for 12 years and under.

The school was commended for its vegetable plot, hanging baskets and fruit trees.

Headteacher Jonathan Rice said: “We are extremely proud to win the award, a huge  amount of work goes into it.

“It’s extremely popular with the children. They learn the values of healthy eating.  It’s a valuable resource.”

Hunstanton was awarded a gold for the coastal category and the Best Local Authority Floral Display.

Hunstanton Town Mayor, Andrew Murray, paid tribute to the community.

He said: “It’s very much a team effort.  There are a lot of volunteers who put in all the hard work which makes the town look really smart.”

And Downham Market scooped its first  ever gold for the town category.

Pam Sharp, chairman of Downham in Bloom, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and our thanks go to all who took part in making our town such a lovely place to live.”

Heacham Parish Council clerk, Phillipa Sewell spoke   of the village winning the environment category.

She said: “We are so pleased to get gold again. It is a pat on the back for everyone in the village’s efforts not just Heacham In Bloom, to make Heacham a wonderful place to live.