Blooming great for Calderdale at Yorkshire in Bloom 2013

Pupils in garden at Mill Bank school after winning gold at Yorkshire in Bloom.
Pupils in garden at Mill Bank school after winning gold at Yorkshire in Bloom.

Calderdale is celebrating some blooming marvellous results at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

The district came away with eight awards, with Mill Bank winning gold in the Best Small Village category.

Ruth Beazley, secretary of the Mill Bank Group, said: “We are thrilled to be named the best small village for the third year running.

“The village volunteers, and children from St Mary’s school should feel very proud of their achievements.

Todmorden also took gold and first place in the Town category, while the big winner on the day was The Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, who were given three special accolades after being awarded gold in the Large Business category, a Community Involvement award after organising a colouring competition for pupils at Bolton Brow Junior School and an Environment award for recycling and litter picking.

Chris Wright, convenor of the Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, said: “To win three awards is a wonderful achievement and completely unexpected. We have about 50 people in the group but we’ve only been formed in less than three years. It’s a tremendous shot in the arm for us and it’s appreciated by the larger community.” Other winners included Ripponden taking silver in the Large Village category, Elland winning silver in the Urban Community category and Halifax winning silver in the Large Town category.