Sabotage village shows 'true grit'to win award in Bloom contest

Mark Branagan

THE village targeted by vandals bent on making its Britain in Bloom hopes wilt has romped to victory in the competition after judges praised their Yorkshire true grit.

Residents of Cayton, near Scarborough, thought their chances in the contest were scuppered after a potent, banned weedkiller was sprinkled on their floral displays in May.

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But the Cayton in Bloom group refused to accept defeat and now their green fingered efforts have been rewarded in a silver award in the competition, which also saw Scarborough triumph with a gold award.

The Royal Horticultural Society judges said: “Despite the efforts, by persons still unknown, to try to sabotage its 2010 campaign as a national finalist, Cayton has displayed true Yorkshire grit.

“The village is to be congratulated for the marvellous efforts which its local Bloom group, working in partnership with Scarborough Council and a host of sponsors and other well-wishers, have made to overcome the problems.”