Gracehill and Ahoghill collect bloom prizes

Celebrating Ahoghill's Ulster in Bloom Small Town Award are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Wallace Elder, Ahoghill Traders' Group, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Brian Sherwin, Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Ciaran McHugh, Translink Service Delivery Manager, Trevor Logan, Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President, Tommy Stewart, Ahoghill Traders Group, Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council and Roy McDowell, Ahoghill Traders Group. Freelance picture.
Celebrating Ahoghill's Ulster in Bloom Small Town Award are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Wallace Elder, Ahoghill Traders' Group, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Brian Sherwin, Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Ciaran McHugh, Translink Service Delivery Manager, Trevor Logan, Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President, Tommy Stewart, Ahoghill Traders Group, Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council and Roy McDowell, Ahoghill Traders Group. Freelance picture.

The winners of the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition have recived their trophies at a special awards ceremony in Malone House, Belfast.

2014 marked the 36th year of the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition which is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.

Gracehill received the Most Improved Award and Ahoghill scooped the Small Town Award at the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom ceremony in Malone House, Belfast.  Pictured celebrating the achievements are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Christie Colhoun, Gracehill Village Environmental Committee, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Ciaran McHugh, Translink Service Delivery Manager, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President, Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council and Harry Hoffin, Gracehill Village Environmental Committee. Freelance picture.

Gracehill received the Most Improved Award and Ahoghill scooped the Small Town Award at the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom ceremony in Malone House, Belfast. Pictured celebrating the achievements are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Christie Colhoun, Gracehill Village Environmental Committee, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Ciaran McHugh, Translink Service Delivery Manager, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President, Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council and Harry Hoffin, Gracehill Village Environmental Committee. Freelance picture.

The 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition category winners were: City - Derry City Large Town - Antrim, Town - Larne, Small Town - Ahoghill, Large Village - Hillsborough, Village - Glenarm, Small Village – Scarva.

The ‘Most Improved’ title went jointly to Gracehill and Limavady and the ‘Roses in Towns’ award winner is Lisburn City. Special Award winners are: Antrim Borough Council and Castlereagh Borough Council in recognition of efforts to support biodiversity along with The Riverside Bed & Breakfast - Cushendall, Edenvilla Park & Secret Garden - Portadown and The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn for their outstanding plant/floral presentations.

Wallace Elder from ‘Ahoghill in Bloom’ was the winner of the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award in recognition of the lasting and positive difference he has made to his local area by embracing the ‘Ulster in Bloom’ ethos. Wallace was nominated by Cllr Audrey Wales, Ballymena Borough Council.

Winner of the Tourism NI ‘Giro d’Italia’ Award was Loughgall (Co Armagh) for demonstrating the best support for the ‘Giro d’Italia’ legacy theme.

Pictured after receiving the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award in the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Enda Sheridan, Translink Ulsterbus Tours, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Wallace Elder Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President and Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council.Freelance picture.

Pictured after receiving the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award in the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition are l-r Alderman Maurice Mills MBE, Ballymena Borough Council, Angela Coffey, Translink Board Member, Enda Sheridan, Translink Ulsterbus Tours, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Wallace Elder Ahoghill Traders Group, Cllr Evelyne Robinson MBE, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Vice President and Denise Reynolds, Ballymena Borough Council.Freelance picture.

The Best Station title was scooped by Ballymoney Train Station and the Community Rail Halt Award went to Brighter Whitehead Community for their work at Whitehead Train Station.