AFTER ANOTHER great year for the town, Skerries Tidy Towns has handed out its own local awards and publicly thanked all its sponsors, friends, supporters and volunteers for their help in the annual effort.
Committee chairperson, Anne Doyle spoke on the night and said: ' To say 2012 was a challenging year, would be an understatement. The rain fell, the grass and weeds grew with a vengeance throughout the summertime and cutbacks in the county council added to the whole sorry state.'
But the Tidy Towns effort turned things around and Anne told supporters: 'Because of your help e.g. adopt a patch, adopt a beach, minders of flower containers, and various groups such as the Thursday club, the allotments, Sustainable Skerries, our committee's work and the council guys who keep the town litter-free and are ever ready to help us out of 860 entrants Skerries was only six points behind the winner, which was a perfect little town with under 200 inhabitants.' Local winners on the night were Hamilton House for the best floral display on a business premises and Lorna Hair Salon for the best window display.
The best presented house in an estate belonged to Jim and Stella Broadhead from Hillside Close and the best presented house in the town centre belonged to Mary and Paul Boylan of Holmpatrick. The best estate in the town was named as The Brambles and the best presented business in the town was Kelly & Co. Sponsors of the prizes on the night were Skerries Tidy Towns, Skerries Community Association, The Red Bank and Kelly & Co.