St Andrews is celebrating the announcement today (Friday 6 September) that the town has not only won the “Best Coastal Town” accolade in the 2013 Beautiful Scotland Awards, but is also the joint winner of the country’s top Award, the Rosebowl Trophy.
At a ceremony this afternoon in Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, St Andrews in Bloom representatives proudly collected both the Rosebowl (shared jointly with Dufftown, Perth and Pitlochry) and the much-coveted “David Kerr Coastal Resort Trophy”.
St Andrews in Bloom achieved the top mark possible, a Gold Award – a level that has never before been reached by the Fife town – and will now progress to represent Scotland in the 2014 Britain in Bloom Awards.
Mr Ray Pead, who chairs the St Andrews in Bloom campaign, reacted with delight to the news:
“I am absolutely thrilled with today’s awards, which exceed our wildest dreams” he said, “and what makes it even more pleasing is that two of our hardest-working volunteers, Jenny Sibbald and Izzy Corbin, have been able to go to Aberdeen to receive the trophies first hand. They – like all of our volunteer team – work incredibly hard throughout the year, through all weathers, to ensure that St Andrews looks at its best. These awards are a fantastic morale-boost to all of us at the end of a long year, and I’m sure the team will want to have a small celebration in the near future!”
Added Mr Pead, “I must also pay tribute to our many sponsors, donors and other helpers who have offered us financial and other support this year. These national Awards, and the UK-wide recognition of St Andrews which will now result, would simply not have happened without their generosity. We hope that they too will be able to enjoy today’s great news, and appreciate the part they have played in it.”
“But most of all this is an award to, and for, the people of St Andrews” concluded Mr Pead. “So we’d like to thank everyone who has played a part – churches, schools, students, businesses – including our brilliant supporters at Allanhill Fruit Farm – bodies such as Fife Council, the University and the Links Trust, and the ordinary citizens who take time to care for their town. Everyone has worked together for the common cause of St Andrews in Bloom, and the outcomes are now there for all to see and enjoy.”
The four joint winners of the Rosebowl Trophy collecting their awards earlier today.
St Andrews was represented by Izzy Corbin (on far left) and Jenny Sibbald (standing next to her holding the certificate).
Find more information on Bloom St Andrews here.