Chris wins gold for his colourful political commentary at this year’s Royston in Bloom
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A retired scientist wowed judges by making a strong political statement with his allotment design in this year’s Royston in Bloom competition.
Chris Wallis won a gold award for his garden, in which the faces of leaders of major political parties in the General Election loom over a beautiful rainbow flower display.
At either end of the allotment sit two political heavy weights of by-gone years – Margaret Thatcher and John Prescott – looking suitably unimpressed by the calibre of leaders on offer in the main bed area.
The 65-year-old said: “The rainbow theme made me think of the political parties in the election.
“It’s my political statement. I’m not very impressed by the quality of the political leadership – it doesn’t compare. The current leaders are pretty weak and have no self conviction. They don’t stand up for what they believe in.”
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The Royston in Bloom judges said they were very impressed with the overall standard of the competition and would like to thank all entrants who took part in this year’s contest.
The winners of each category were:
- 1 Sir Tom Jones set for green, green grass of Newmarket Racecourses
- 2 Bassingbourn Barracks: New chapter for Army’s flagship operational training centre
- 3 Person dies after being struck by train in Cambridge
- 4 Arrests made in connection with large-scale money laundering operation
- 5 How many people in our area have been 'pinged' by NHS COVID app?
- 6 Access between platforms to be restored at Royston station
- 7 Police hunt 36-year-old wanted for harassment and restraining order breaches
- 8 What are the outstanding schools in Hertfordshire?
- 9 Thatcher returns after 30 years to repair cottage where he met his wife
- 10 Escape the crowds this summer at these places to visit in Hertfordshire
Best front garden – Mr and Mrs Hawkins.
Best kept street or community area – Collingwood Court
Grow plants in an unusual container – Hinton & Kingham
Bill Prime Award for children growing plants in an unusual container using re-cycled materials – Ben and Esther Charter
Best kept allotment – Chris Wallis.