Thousands of colourful bulbs laid across the district to mark two major milestones

The world's largest service club celebrated100 years this week, with the Harrogate branch markingsix decades
The world's largest service club celebrated100 years this week, with the Harrogate branch markingsix decades

Colourful flower beds were erected across the district as part of celebrations to mark two anniversaries of the Lions Club International.

The world's largest service club celebrated 100 years this week, with the Harrogate branch marking six decades. More than 2,500 individual plants from Harrogate Borough Council's (HBC) Harlow Hill nursery were shaped into mixed floral displays of yellow, white and gold, along with blue Ageratum Bermudas to represent the colours of the Lions at Montpellier Hill, Knaresborough House and Quarry Moor Lane in Ripon.

James Mason, President of Harrogate Lions Club said: “The Lions are very grateful for the help and guidance that they have had from Harrogate Borough Council in allowing them to have such a prominent and prestigious position to display the plaque, we hope that the public will come along and view these fantastic flowerbeds over the next few weeks.”

A commemorative plaque, designed by Chairman of the Ripon Lions, Eric Wright, will be taking the the pride of place in the flower bed on Montpellier Hill. In Knaresborough and Ripon a floral letter L is featured to represent the Lions among the colourful bulbs.

Pointing to the work carried out by the organisation Coun Zoe Metcalfe HBC Cabinet Member for the Environment, she said the displays were a fitting tribute to their efforts.

She said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the Lions Club anniversaries by creating these fabulously colourful flower beds.

"The Lions Club do so much for the district and thousands of individuals, families and organisations have benefited from their help. We feel it is fitting to recognise their achievements through the creation of these flower beds.”

Sue Wood, the HBC Horticultural Officer responsible for the designs, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with other worthwhile organisations to create unique displays which recognise major achievements, events and anniversaries, and which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to our district."