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and put up their own dis­plays.

Peo­ple have also funded art in­stal­la­tions, in­clud­ing Ray Lons­dale’s Tommy statue, which has made the town world fa­mous, and the poppy peb­bles pro­ject at the foot of the piece in the lead up to last year’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice, with the Art Block gallery in Church Street also cred­ited with boost­ing the town.

A com­mu­nity al­lot­ment pro­ject has also been run­ning from Daw­don, with school pupils also get­ting in­volved in run­ning plots.

The judges also recog­nised the ef­forts of vol­un­teers, as well as Durham County Coun­cil’s work.

The added: “The beau­ti­ful beaches and parks, the cen­tral tourist, busi­ness, pub and shop­ping ar­eas along the seafront, the sen­sa­tional Ter­race Green pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment space, well de­signed plant­ing, var­ied art­work and good land­scap­ing through­out and a keen ac­knowl­edge­ment of nat­u­ral and lo­cal her­itage cou­pled with en­er­getic ef­forts to keep it clean and tidy, have re­sulted in a spark­ing town thronged with happy res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.”

Deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher said: “The in­di­vid­ual de­signs of flower beds are done by the gar­den­ers them­selves.

“High qual­ity plants are bought in on the theme of sus­tain­abil­ity and the gar­den­ers are free to place

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