TidyTowns 'still driven by pride in community' 60 years on
Spring has barely sprung but legions of TidyTowns volunteers are already busy planting, painting and beautifying their communities.
Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring yesterday launched the 2018 SuperValu TidyTowns competition as the initiative marks its 60th anniversary.
"Over the lifetime of the competition, generations of TidyTowns people up and down the country have worked to improve the appearance of their locality and make their town, village or area more attractive for residents and visitors alike," he said.
He said the competition is going from strength to strength with 870 towns and villages competing last year, "each of them driven by the same sense of community pride which spurred on the inaugural contestants in 1958".