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Huntingdon in Bloom Launches D-Day Tribute

Huntingdon In Bloom, in collaboration with local community groups, proudly presented the town’s captivating 3D floral displays during its highly anticipated annual launch event today.

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Karl Brockett, supported by the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Daryl Brown MBE and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire David Way were joined by representatives from Huntingdon In Bloom, Huntingdon Town Council, Royal British Legion (Huntingdon branch), RAF Wyton and other local military support organisations.

The event was held at the Walks East in Huntingdon to admire the unique display, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Made in house by the Estate Services team, using recycled materials, the display resembled a landing craft as it approaches the beach. The usual soil flowerbed has been covered in sand, with tall grasses and sedum planted to replicate the beach and foaming waves.

The Mayor gave a speech, welcoming everyone to the event, and highlighted that the event was appropriately held at the conclusion of Volunteers week. He thanked everyone involved in the community for their support and involvement with the year-round efforts in the town. Huntingdon Town Council’s Estates Services Team was commended for their excellent work across the town’s parks and open spaces and with the seasonal floral displays, and thanks was given to the In Bloom committee for planning and coordinating the town’s projects.

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Brockett said, “It is an honour to be standing here, paying tribute to all those who took part in D-Day. The values that those involved were fighting for are ones that we continue to uphold today – peace, freedom and democracy. Through events like this, we can ensure acts of such bravery, courage and sacrifice are always remembered.”

Having competed in the prestigious national Britain in Bloom Competition and being named as joint winner for the Anglia in Bloom Best Overall Entry in 2023, the Huntingdon in Bloom team are keen to maintain their high standards and will welcome the judges back again in July.The judges will be taken on a 4-hour tour, visiting several prominent locations including Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Hinchingbrooke Hospital Gardens, the Sebastopol Cannon site, Bloomfield Park, and the RHS Community Garden for England at Coneygear Park. The tour will culminate with a visit to the awe-inspiring 3D D-Day landings display before walking down the High Street to finish in the Market Square.

Huntingdon In Bloom continues to engage in various community projects and welcomes individuals who wish to contribute or seek further information about the campaign. For inquiries or to get involved, please contact Natasha Pierson at 01480 410384 or via email at Natasha.pierson@huntingdontown.gov.uk.

Source:  Huntingdon Town Council press release 6th June 2024