A blooming Esplanade Gardens at Hunstanton this summer. Picture: Paul Tibbs

There were celebrations for West Norfolk’s towns and villages in this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition.

The results were announced on Wednesday at a ceremony in Bury St Edmunds and representatives of the area came home with a clutch of silverware and awards.

The prestigious 22nd anniversary awards saw gold for Hunstanton which was also selected as one of five entries to go through to the national Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom finals in Belfast next month.

The ceremony saw South Wootton scoop a host of awards including category gold and most consistently improved entry.

Downham Market was a silver gilt winner and there were awards for King’s Lynn and The Walks.

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said the winners should be proud of their achievements and he praised groups and communities for their “enthusiasm, commitment and effort”.

Accolades went to: South Wootton (gold in the small town category and also winner of the most consistently improved over the last three years award); Downham Market (silver gilt, town category); King’s Lynn (winner and gilt award,  category with 35,001 to 200,000 residents); Hunstanton (winner and gold award, coastal category); Mintlyn Crematorium, King’s Lynn (winner and gold in the churchyards, cemeteries and crematoriums category) and gold for Lynn’s Hardwick Road Cemetery in the same category; The Golden Lion, Hunstanton (silver gilt, best hotel category); Wootton Park, South Wootton (biodiversity award winner); May Cottage, King’s Lynn (best floral display by an individual/community award); Bridge project, King’s Lynn (award for the best garden for special needs); South Wootton Infant School (Grow Your Own award) and The Walks, Lynn (public open space award).