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27/09/2021

Mayor applauds Derry's city centre floral competition entrants as winners revealed!

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The winners of the City Centre Initiative Annual Floral Competition have been revealed! The competition organised in partnership with Altnagelvin Garden and Pet Centre has been running for over ten years and encourages traders and residents to celebrate the summer season with floral and plant displays. Jim Roddy, Chief Executive of CCI said they were delighted to receive so many entries to this year’s competition. “The competition is a colourful and wonderful way to celebrate our summer season and encourages all city centre businesses, community groups and residents to put their creative mark on their respective patch of the city centre. “Not only is this event a mechanism for team work within the city, it brightens up the city, provides an amazing welcome for visitors and makes the city a nicer place to be for all who live here. “A big thanks to everyone who entered the competition. If we could give prizes to everyone believe me we would, as there is no doubt that the standard of our entrants was exceptional. What makes everyone a winner to us is the pride we see demonstrated for not only their own property but also for our city as a whole. Congratulations to our winners and for those who didn’t get placed this year we hope our judges will get to see you again next year.” He said. The Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle speaking at the winners presentation at the Mayors Parlour on Thursday morning added: “The City Centre Floral Competition is an invaluable way of celebrating the hard work and dedication of those who work so hard at this time of year on their gardens and floral displays to ensure that their premises are blooming with flowers and catch the eye of locals and visitors to the city. “I would like to congratulate not only the winners but all the participants of the competition and thank CCI and Altnagelvin Flower Centre for continuing to develop and promote these positive projects that improve our city.” Ian Peilow of Altnagelvin Garden and Pet Centre, who sponsored the competition, said he believed the floral Competition was an invaluable way of bringing the people of the city together and rewarding those who put in great efforts throughout the year to keep their gardens and properties looking well. He said: “The hard work and dedication of the entrants makes such a difference to the streetscape of the city, obviously as a keen gardener and supplier of gardening materials myself, I look forward to seeing the city centre blooming with colour. We’ve had fantastic weather over the past few weeks and no matter how small your garden area is, a small plant box or hanging basket certainly makes all the difference. “I was particularly impressed this year by the work and commitment of local residents and their appreciation of the importance of decorating the city for not only those living here but also to impress those who visit here, that’s what this competition is all about. Well done to all who took part in the competition, I look forward to next year already!” The winners of the CCI Annual Floral Competition are… WINNERS Public Service/ Charity/ Church GOLD - St Eugene’s Cathedral SILVER – St Augustine’s Church BRONZE – Dickson and McNulty Solicitors Hospitality/ Tourism/ Retail GOLD - The Everglades Hotel SILVER – Abbey Bed & Breakfast BRONZE – The Grand Central Bar Residential GOLD - James Neill, Abercorn Terrace SILVER – Paul Stewart, Rock Road BRONZE – John Doherty, Celtic Court For further details on the CCI Floral Competition and Initiatives, visit www.cciderry.com or visit Facebook Page @ City Centre Initiative. Pictured above: One very proud little pooch sits in the bronze award-winning garden of John Doherty in Celtic Court.

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