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Huntingdon In Bloom has launched its 2023 campaign.

The deputy mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Karl Brockett, joined residents and representatives from Huntingdon In Bloom to commemorate the occasion.

Others present included representatives of Huntingdon Town Council, BID Huntingdon, Hinchingbrooke Hospital Garden Volunteers, Huntingdon Community Centre, Wild about Huntingdon, and St John Ambulance to celebrate this special occasion.

The event was held at the Walks East in Huntingdon to admire the display celebrating the centenary of the Flying Scotsman Steam Locomotive, which frequently traversed Huntingdon on its iconic London-to-Edinburgh route.

Alongside the floral recreation of the famed locomotive, the Huntingdon Town Council Estate Services team also showcased another remarkable 3D display at the Sebastopol Cannon site, paying tribute to Shakespeare at the George’s 2023 production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Cllr Brockett said the launch was appropriately held at the conclusion of volunteers week.

He thanked everyone involved in the community for their support and involvement with the year-round efforts in the town.

representatives from local community groups involved in Huntingdon in Bloom, watching the cutting of the ribbon by Cllr Karl Brockett, Deputy Mayor of Huntingdon, at the 3D display of the Flying Scotsman in Huntingdon. Photo Credit: Huntingdon Town Council

representatives from local community groups involved in Huntingdon in Bloom, watching the cutting of the ribbon by Cllr Karl Brockett, Deputy Mayor of Huntingdon, at the 3D display of the Flying Scotsman in Huntingdon. Photo Credit: Huntingdon Town Council

Huntingdon Town Council’s Estates Services Team were commended for their excellent work across the town’s parks and open spaces and with the seasonal floral displays, and thanks was given to the In Bloom committee for planning and coordinating the town’s projects

Building upon last year’s success at Anglia in Bloom, where Huntingdon secured Gold in the Large Town category, the campaign has now been nominated for the prestigious national Britain in Bloom Competition.

This means there will now be two judging days, with this year’s Anglia In Bloom competition being judged in Huntingdon on Thursday 20th July, followed by the Britain in Bloom competition on Monday 31st July.

The judges will be taken on a 4-hour tour, visiting several prominent locations including Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Hinchingbrooke Hospital Gardens, the Sebastopol Cannon site, Bloomfield Park, Priory Road Cemetery, and the RHS Community Garden for England at Coneygear Park.

The tour will culminate with a visit to the awe-inspiring 3D Flying Scotsman display before walking down the High Street to finish in the Market Square

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