LOCAL and District Councillors have expressed their delight after Horncastle and Woodhall Spa were nominated for the Small Market Town and Best Kept Village Awards.
The competition, organised by Community Lincs, is in its 50th year and judging for the final rounds takes place this month.
Horncastle Mayor Fiona Martin said: “This is excellent news for the town. I’m very pleased.
“This is the result of various organisations in the town working together.
“We’ve had litter pickers help us, and we’ve been joined by the Lions and Civic Society for that too.
“The town council have also done work with planters at the play area and cemetery - credit goes to Stuart for that.”
Coun Martin also thanked the Federation of Small Businesses who have helped decorate the town with flags.
She also gave praised East Lindsey District Council for their part in keeping the town clean.
“We must thank ELDC’s street team who sweep the streets and help with the presentation of the town,” she said.
Horncastle face stiff competition in the Small Market Town final against Caistor and Crowland.
Although Crowland is making its first finals appearance, Caistor has won the Small Market Town Award three years running.
Coun Martin said: “It’s a good challenge to go up against Caistor.
“They have done very well in the past but hopefully we’ll beat them into second place.”
Councillor Bill Aron was also delighted with Horncastle’s inclusion in the final three.
“It’s a great achievement for the town.
“Everybody seems to be putting an effort into making the town look presentable.
“This is also great exposure for us too, and every bit of promotion is fantastic for Horncastle.”
Woodhall Spa will be defending it’s title of Class 3 Best Kept Village against Nettleham and Langtoft.
Before last year, the last time Woodhall won the award was in 1998.
Chairman of Woodhall Spa Parish Council David Clarke said: “I’m very pleased.
“I’m very proud of the village and I’m looking forward to the finals.
“It shows the depth of community spirit in the village - with people doing their part and picking up litter.
“It bodes well for everybody who gets involved and it’s a great reflection on everyone’s contribution to the village.”
Portfolio Holder for economic development and planning at ELDC, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “I am delighted that a number of towns and villages across East Lindsey have been shortlisted in the Best Kept Awards for 2012.
“It is another tremendous achievement following Louth being awarded BBC Countryfile’s ‘Favourite Market Town’, earlier this month.
“I wish all those communities that have made the final the best of luck in the judging as we move forward.”
The News urges residents of Horncastle and Woodhall Spa to do their part for the finals by keeping gardens tidy or picking up litter.
The winners of the awards will be announced in October.
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