THE incredible success story of Upton in Bloom goes on as it has achieved top status once again.

At this year's RHS Heart of England in Bloom Awards Ceremony, it took home a Gold award and won the Large Village Category.

Jackie Surtees, chairman of Upton in Bloom, said: "An excellent result and so rewarding after all our hard work.

"Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, fundraisers, local authorities and everybody else who has helped us over the last year.

"Next year will be even harder, but we hope you will still be there for us."

Upton in Bloom has also been nominated for the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign next year.

Upton has achieved golds for 11 years in a row.

Although this year's stunning Upton entry had no particular theme, Mrs Surtees had wanted to make it as colourful as possible.

The old churchyard was lit up with flags, stalls, and floral displays, and the blues

and jazz festivals were represented with stalls.

Children of Upton Primary School also performed songs they had written themselves on the day too.