Town gearing up to impress national judges in national spotlight

Proudly wearing their new t-shirts are left Rick Merrall, Martin Sizer, Ian King, Alan Somerscales, Michael Galligan and Harry Minns with Chris Robey and Deborah Barker.    (Lin) EMN-150519-154407001

Proudly wearing their new t-shirts are left Rick Merrall, Martin Sizer, Ian King, Alan Somerscales, Michael Galligan and Harry Minns with Chris Robey and Deborah Barker. (Lin) EMN-150519-154407001

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Caistor in Bloom has been given a smart new look ahead of their summer in the national spotlight thanks to a town printing firm.

Systematic Print Management, who are themselves celebrating 40 years of trading, have sponsored the polo shirts which volunteers will be sporting as they prepare for the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK finals.

The town was selected from over 1,000 entrants to take part in the event, the pinnacle of the community gardening world, and is the sole representative from the East Midlands in their category.

“After winning gold and being category winner for the last three years running we are used to ‘upping our game’ every year and thanks to the unceasing support from the good townspeople of Caistor, this year will be no exception,” said Ernie Brown, President of Caistor in Bloom.

“Over the last six years Caistor has done consistently well in this RHS competition, mainly because of the unstinting support of the locals.

“With lots of new projects and dozens more brand new baskets and containers all over town this year, Caistor will be more than a match for the very best in Great Britain.”

Caistor will be joining Coupar Angus and Scholes in the Large Village category and the town is now redoubling its efforts in the run up to the 
August judging tour.

Two RHS judges will be visiting Caistor, meeting community representatives and taking a tour of local projects.

They’ll also be looking at the management of street furniture and public parks, as well as assessing how well the group is responding to climate change and how they are engaging the community.

“Having achieved 49/50 for Community involvement during the last three judging tours of the town, we are confident that proud Caistorians will pull out all of the stops to steal that last elusive point to take Caistor to the top of the table and the coveted title,’ Best Large Village in the UK’,” added Mr Brown.