In pictures: Starbeck in Bloom’s 20th anniversary celebrations

Organiser of Starbeck in Bloom Christine Stewart, with Andrew Jones MP, the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Bernard Bateman, the Mayoress of Harrogate, Linda Bateman, with friends of Starbeck in Bloom , councillors and guests. (1807143AM2)
Organiser of Starbeck in Bloom Christine Stewart, with Andrew Jones MP, the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Bernard Bateman, the Mayoress of Harrogate, Linda Bateman, with friends of Starbeck in Bloom , councillors and guests. (1807143AM2)

It’s amazing to see Starbeck in Bloom celebrating 20 incredible years.

What the group has done to raise the profile of Starbeck and increase pride in our community is immeasurable.

Only last year, their team of hard-working volunteers spearheaded an extraordinary river of flowers project, which saw 18 Starbeck groups taking part. 
Thousands of flowers were proudly handmade, lining the high street to welcome the Britain in Bloom judges. 
And Starbeck in Bloom’s efforts can be seen all year round - every day, in fact.
You can always find volunteers busying themselves to make our streets look the best they can be - and even on the rare occasion you don’t spot them, you only have to look around to admire their work. 
To mark their 20th anniversary in style, Starbeck in Bloom held a special garden party on Saturday to thank all of their supporters. More than 100 people attended, including the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Bernard Bateman, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones, and many former mayors, whose support for Starbeck in Bloom has extended well beyond their respective mayoral years.
Singers from Starbeck Primary School made the occasion even more special with their performances on the day. And in another huge community effort, dozens of residents helped to make an eye-catching display of straw people to join in with the anniversary celebrations.   
More than 20 Starbeck groups and organisations took part - including Starbeck library, St Andrew’s Church, Starbeck Methodist Church, and Vida Hall.  
The founder and organiser of Starbeck in Bloom, Christine Stewart, said: “All Starbeck in Bloom has done is build on the pride we have in our community, which was already there, but we have done our best to bring it to the forefront. 
“We do it because we live here, we want to live in a nice area and feel proud of where we live. I can’t praise our volunteers and supporters enough, without them our group wouldn’t be able to function. There is no sector of the Starbeck community that isn’t involved in what we do, we really appreciate the support.”