Celebrations all round for gold village show

Proud moment: Mill Bank volunteers celebrate green-fingered glory, while, below, pupils plant daffodil bulbs at the entrance of St Mary's School
Proud moment: Mill Bank volunteers celebrate green-fingered glory, while, below, pupils plant daffodil bulbs at the entrance of St Mary's School

There were cheers all round as residents celebrated their Yorkshire in Bloom success.

Mill Bank residents won Best Small Village in Yorkshire and a Gold award.

The Mill Bank Group hosted a night of celebration at The Alma Inn, Cottonstones, before representatives put on their gladrags to join the Mayor’s reception at the Town Hall.

The group, active now for nine years, started after two residents decided to rescue the derelict graveyard.

It is now home to a community garden and planting area for people without gardens, a mini orchard and soft fruit area. Age is no limit, and volunteers run a gardening club at St Mary’s School. Projects have included brightening up a terrace and working with pupils on a kitchen garden.

Children have planted wild flower areas, flower boxes and tubs. Every schoolchild got involved to help get the village ready for spring by planting more than 600 daffodil bulbs on the slopes at the school entrance.