Glenrothes ‘Blooming’ for the last time?

Margaret Reilly (Right) and Pat Spence.  Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Margaret Reilly (Right) and Pat Spence. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.

Two former Council employees have come out of retirement to answer the call to help Glenrothes in its efforts to one last ‘Bloom’ success.

A decade after the town first got involved in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain In Bloom competition, Glenrothes has been invited alongside five other communities across the UK 
to take part in the ‘Champion of Champions’ elite competition.

Margaret Reilly and Pat Spence now want to draw on sixty years of local authority experience between them to help Glenrothes to become only the second Fife town, alongside Falkland, to land the prestigious title.

Margaret retired in 2013 while Pat followed suit in May this year but both said the decision to come out of retirement was an easy one.

“We’ve seen the town grow and prosper in this competition since it started 10 years and being involved in it since the beginning we wanted to see it out and hopefully win one last success for the town,” explained Margaret.

The withdrawal of Council funding and competition rule changes mean this will be the last such involvement for the town and while it marks the end of an era as far as the pair are concerned, the town’s involvement has been worthwhile say the ladies.

“Communities are so much more involved these days taking pride in the local appearance as well as supporting the town’s efforts, that’s the legacy Glenrothes’ involvement leaves,” said Pat.

The past efforts of Glenrothes and the accolades it has brought, including the Gold Award for best large town in the 2012 Britain In Bloom competition, have made its 
efforts the benchmark for others across Scotland.

“It’s an honour being invited to enter. Hopefully it will be a golden swansong for Glenrothes,” said Margaret.

Judging takes place on August 5 with the winner to be announced on October 8.