THERE were celebrations throughout the city recently when Lisburn, Moira, Hillsborough and Dromara were placed in the prestigious Ulster in Bloom competition.
Lisburn was placed second in the Large Town category, while Moira came third in Small Town category, with Hillsborough placed second in Large Village category and Dromara third in the Village category. Lisburn also picked up the 'Roses in Towns' trophy which is presented by Belfast City Council to the city, town or village, which uses roses to the best advantage in public areas.
This year's competition, sponsored by Translink and organised by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association with the support of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, attracted 132 entries representing cities, towns and villages as well as 37 bus and rail stations all competing for a coveted Translink Ulster in Bloom title.
Speaking at the awards announcement Translink Chairman, Veronica Palmer, said: "Ulster in Bloom provides communities with an opportunity to showcase their best floral and plant displays for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors to Northern Ireland. The competition's continued appeal is testament to the important role it plays in both local economic and social prosperity. Even with our challenging weather conditions, the quality of entries has continued to excel as people devote more time and creativity to produce such exquisite results.