YORKSHIRE In Bloom judges have toured Huddersfield - to see if the town has improved its image.
Last year, litter and graffiti blighted the town's hopes of fielding a serious entry in the prestigious contest.
Embarrassingly, the judges were told not to bother coming because of the shabby state of the streets.
Horrified town centre managers scrapped the bid.
Assistant town centre manager Alison Campbell said at the time: "I just felt it would be counter productive to even try."
But during the judges' visit yesterday she said there had been a marked transformation.
"We have been really impressed with the vast improvement."
There is a fraction of the graffiti blighting the town's brickwork when compared with 2003.
"We had our route planned last year and when we went along it we discovered in order to get from nice bit to nice bit we had to go through such grotty sections."
This year, Huddersfield faces stiff competition from Scarborough and Halifax.
Judges Frank Robinson and Richard Hibbert were escorted round the streets by Mrs Campbell and fellow town centre management team member Julia Lilof.
Huddersfield has entered the category looking only at the centre of town. Results will be known on September 7.