JUDGES for the Huddersfield in Bloom competition have been out and about scrutinising the town's floral displays.

Shops, pubs and public buildings are all in the running for awards.

The contest has gone ahead - despite Huddersfield's withdrawal from Yorkshire In Bloom. Officials felt the litter-strewn, graffiti-marred town centre was too scruffy for inspection by incoming judges.

Organiser Julia Lilof, of Huddersfield Town Centre Management, said: "In the face of this setback, lots of premises have still made an effort to brighten up the town with wonderful displays.

"We certainly don't want them to go unrecognised."

A panel of five, including Examiner writer Jenny Parkin, toured the town centre in search of the most impressive displays.

And they also went to look at the best-adorned businesses within a few miles of the ring road for the competition's "out of town" category.

One of the premises on the list was The Railway Inn in Bradford Road, Hillhouse.

The pub's owners have previously complained about violence in the area which they claimed was "ruled" by pimps and drug pushers.

But they've created an amazing and much-admired floral display encompassing hanging baskets, window baskets and pots. Pub manager Joey Tyrrell is pictured here among the blooms.

The results of the competition are due to be announced on September 23.


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