Ulster in Bloom ‘double’ celebration for Whitehead

The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, Councillor Timothy Gaston, Trevor Logan, Ahoghill in Bloom, Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead and Stephen Day,  MEA's head of Parks and Open Spaces,  at the Ulster in Bloom Awards. INCT 12-703-CON
The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, Councillor Timothy Gaston, Trevor Logan, Ahoghill in Bloom, Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead and Stephen Day, MEA's head of Parks and Open Spaces, at the Ulster in Bloom Awards. INCT 12-703-CON

Whitehead’s successes at the 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom competition has been recognised at a special awards ceremony in Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office.

Whitehead won the Community Rail Halt Award while the town was runner-up in the Small Town category of the annual challenge.

An award-winning floral feature at Whitehead Train Station. INCT 12-705-CON

An award-winning floral feature at Whitehead Train Station. INCT 12-705-CON

In a further fillip for the area, Carrickfergus was second in the Large Town category of the event which encourages cities, towns and villages to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Translink Board Member, Bernard Mitchell, said: “This was the first competition since local government reform and we were pleased to see all the new councils submit entries demonstrating the continued appeal of the competition right across Northern Ireland.

“All of the winners have improved their local areas and boosted civic pride through attractive floral displays and community engagement. Their time, effort and expertise make Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live, work and visit and we look forward to welcoming more people on board our bus and train services for relaxing journeys to visit local villages, town and cities.

“Congratulations to all the Ulster in Bloom award winners and we would encourage all councils to enter the 2016 competition which will be launched in June.”

Noting that overall Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area had two main winner and three runner-up accolades, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Timothy Gaston, said: “On top of other past successes such as the national Britain in Bloom and the prestigious international Communities in Bloom competition, this means we are a major player in floral excellence, locally and worldwide.”

The competition is organised by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).