Filby won its category in 2002 and since then has received three gold medals. Last year it was awarded silver.
Terry Bane, Friends of Norwich in Bloom chairman, said anyone who even got to the Britain in Bloom finals was a "winner" before they had even Primeknit Harden
Norwich in Bloom representatives at the Britain in Bloom Awards. Pic Submitted.
sentiment was echoed by Julie Brociek Coulton, secretary of Friends of Norwich in Bloom. She said: "Many, many thanks to all the different community organisations that get involved. Without them we would be nothing."
Awards show Norwich is a blooming fine city
Mancroft, The Lanes picked up in the urban community category.
Flying the flag for East Anglia were Wisbech, which received a silver gilt in the large town category, silver gilt winner Colchester and Halstead, which won gold.
Elsewhere, people in Filby were celebrating after it was awarded gold in the village category, while Great Yarmouth won silver in the group for a coastal town with a population of more than 12,000.
"An RHS gold medal is first class," he said. "They are not given away. Not many places get a gold and that is something to be proud of.
"You don't go in it just to win, but it gives you that drive to go out in the bad weather and say 'let's go for it'."
He said the awards the city received at the ceremony held in Cleethorpes, near Grimsby, on Saturday, were testament to all the hard work done by so many people across Norwich. He said: "I think it really is about all the people who get involved and it's about the sheer numbers of people that get involved. It's not just a few flowerbeds here and there that are looking nice, it's about hundreds of flowerbeds across the city and all the individuals, groups and organisations who help keep this going. It's also about the landscape really and the cleanliness of the city."
Communities across Norwich and Norfolk scooped four awards in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom National Awards, with Norwich winning a silver gilt and Mancroft, The Lanes in the city picking up a silver in the urban community category.
Great Yarmouth was praised by RHS judges for "adding that little extra to the visitors' seaside experience" during difficult financial times.
He said: "Anyone getting over silver is doing well, so to get a silver gilt we're doing exceptionally well. It's hard to get a gold, we've not achieved it yet at Britain in Bloom, but we're that close to touching it."
started and was therefore delighted with Norwich's silver gilt and the silver Harden Imma Be A Star
Filby made it into the final six in its group, but was pipped to the title of best kept village in Britain by fellow gold winning village Pembridge, in Herefordshire.
Adrian Thompson, Adidas Eqt Boost 2017 chairman of the Filby in Bloom team, said an RHS gold medal was "brilliant" but he was disappointed the village missed out on the top spot.
An RHS Judge said: "This historic coastal town has a long standing and committed In Bloom group who gave the judges a warm welcome and showed them some hidden delights. In difficult financial times the bloom group are adding that little extra to the visitors' seaside experience and making this gem of a coastal resort one to remember."
Floral displays by Friends of Norwich in Bloom, part of the city's entry for the Anglia in Bloom competition. Picture: Denise Bradley
A team of 14 volunteer judges, led by chairman of the judging panel Roger Burnett, toured the UK in July and August to visit all 77 finalists picked from more than 1,000.
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