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 Inside Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs: Award-winning kennels' labour of love
- 2 Royston's George Crotty selected by GB for World Boxing Championships
- 3 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs offence after two warrants issued
- 4 MP survey slams East West Rail for 'lacklustre' consultation
- 5 Pupils wish villagers a happy harvest with afternoon tea
- 6 Group of mums and dad in wig go the distance for wheelchair charity
- 7 'We were lied to' - Residents' dismay as development prompts privacy concerns
- 8 Dozens die after catching COVID-19 in our hospitals
- 9 Ewan's handiwork sees him give back to his old school with help of charity
- 10 Tributes paid to 'greatly respected' coach operator
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.