Spilsby going for glory in ‘best kept’ competition

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Spilsby is being given some added sparkle in a bid to win the Council to Protect Rural England’s Best Kept Town Competition.

A team of volunteers were out in force on Sunday picking litter and removing weeds as judging for the first round of the competition, organised by the council’s Lincolnshire branch, gets under way.

Spilsby has been entering the awards for the last 10 years without success, but is hoping to achieve victory this time.

The clean-up was the second of three planned to ensure the town is looking its very best before judges visit.

Coun Julia Pears is leading the town’s bid to win the award for the first time.

She said: “We have entered for the last 10 years, but just been mentioned in dispatches. The comments have been different every time. Judges have a difficult job, but I feel Spilsby is as good as anywhere else in the county.

“We are very proud of Spilsby, love where we live and are trying to put a little bit of sparkle into the place.”

Judges consider the general appearance of the town and important features that make it special.

They also look at spaces that encourage wildlife such as the spinney on Boston Road and Toc H land on Shamfields.

Businesses have also been doing their bit, the Nelson Butt pub and Little Italy restaurant have been redecorated and several shops had a lick of paint. Hanging baskets are in bloom around town sponsored by business owners and individuals.

Spilsby town clerk Bonny Smith was amongst those taking part in the clean-up.

She said: “The day went well, everybody did their bit and it was well organised.

“We took all the weeds down to my allotment to be recycled for compost.”

A third clean-up is taking place on Sunday, July 20, meeting at The Franklin Hall at 10am. Anyone wishing to take part should call Bonny on 01790 753189.