It’s that short moment when all the hard work and effort put in over the preceding months suddenly matter. This morning, Tuesday 14 July, the two judges from the Royal Horticultural Society, Jane Pagano and Kim Parish arrived to cast their eyes over the product of all the effort and make judgment as to how Marlborough compares with all the other rival towns in the South West region.
As well as touring Marlborough (see map of the judges route), the two ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ bids – Manton and the Victorian Cemetary off Frees Avenue – will be visited as well.
Whilst the judges will tour the town centre area on foot, they will be whisked off in style to visit the Victorian Cemetery and Manton in a classic 60 year old Rolls Royce.
“It’s a great day for Marlborough” said committee chair, Anne Crowley. “The town is looking beautiful, at its best, and everything is due to the teams of volunteers who have dug, swept, planted, then swept again; the businesses who have entered the spirit of the bid with their displays and also sponsorship; and of course the Town’s Grounds Team headed by Richard Beale whose tireless efforts are at the very core of everything that has been achieved”. “A fantastic achievement, whatever the judging outcome might deliver” she added.