Pat Richardson of the committee with mayor James Johnson. Picture: Tony Jones.

Gold standards have been set across West Norfolk with success in the Britain in Bloom Awards.

A ceremony in Gorleston this week saw Hunstanton take the top spot for coastal towns with populations up to 35,000.

Lisa Powell, town clerk said: “The town council is over the moon and so proud of the town.  To win these awards is a record of everyone’s hard work.  This is just beyond what we could have hoped for.”

The best community project was Priory Lane Cottages in Lynn and South Wootton Junior School Gardening Club won the Grow Your Own Award.

Headteacher Jonathan Rice said: “It’s fantastic news. I can take absolutely no credit for this whatsoever.  I am very proud of the children, particularly the current Year 6 children who were there talking to the judges on the day telling them what they have done.

“I would like to thank our volunteers who have being coming in to work with the children for a number of years, I am very grateful to them.

“And the children have had a huge amount of enthusiasm.”

King’s Lynn received a gold, alongside Wisbech, for large towns with a population up to 35,000.

Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member, said: “West Norfolk made a great showing in this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition, including three gold awards, and I’m thrilled for the whole borough. It involved a tremendous amount of work for volunteers and borough council grounds staff, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their efforts. We’ve been receiving positive comments throughout the summer from visitors and residents alike, which is testimony to the way we keep the borough clean and attractive”

The Golden Lion, Hunstanton, was awarded silver award in the newly-created best hotel category.

Zoe Wright, general manager, said: “It’s great news, this is a new category so to win an award is fantastic.  We have a gardener who comes in most weeks, so he will be pleased.”

Downham Market was awarded a gold in the small town category and South Wootton took silver gilt.

Carole Edwards, clerk to the In Bloom Committee, said: “We think it’s absolutely fantastic.  It’s quite a challenge as we got gold last year, so it’s keeping the standards up. A lot of people are very, very pleased as it has been more difficult due to a cut in funding..”

Vice-chairman of the South Wootton in Bloom committee Margaret Albinson said the committee didn’t receive the award it had been hoping for.

“We’re quite disappointed, we were hoping for gold,” she said.

“What we do is excellent.  We have a sensory garden at the church and it was quite a job when we first started with it. But we are feeling a little despondent.”