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