Luddenden people were out in force to make sure Britain in Bloom judges arrived in a litter-free and flower-filled village.
Judges Mark Vasilewski and Mel Henley played their cards close to their chest but said they were impressed by the enthusiasm of the In Bloom group, which has 10 active members and is part of Luddenden Conservation Society.
Group member Trevor Oaten said: “They didn’t really give anything away but I’m sure they enjoyed it. We enjoyed ourselves showing them around and it only rained once, so that wasn’t too bad.
“We did all we could and the village was absolutely spotless, so I think it went well.”
Luddenden won its Village (population up to 1,000) category in Yorkshire in Bloom last year, enabling it to go forward to the Britain in Bloom competition this year, in which it is competing against six of the best villages of a similar size nationwide. The results will be revealed in October, said Mr Oaten.