Villages across Lancashire are celebrating after being recognised in a prestigious competition.
The award ceremony to present the gongs in The Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition took place at The Villa, Wrea Green, where a number of local areas took home prizes in a number of categories.
Earlier this year, members of the competition’s committee turned up unannounced at entrants throughout the region and judged villages on factors including the absence of weeds and litter, maintenance of private properties and hedgerows, tidiness of community buildings, cleanliness of bus shelters and telephone kiosks, well-maintained open spaces, playing fields and children’s play areas and maintenance of all places of worship.
And this year, Longton took the top prize as winner of the Large Village competition.
Councillor Graham Gooch, chairman of Longton Parish Council, said: “We’re very pleased to win after picking up the most improved village title a couple of years ago.
“Everyone has worked very hard and the lengthsman has also done great work tidying and litter picking in other places.”
He added: “Longton is a fabulous place to live.
“We have great restaurants, shops, a library, post office, five pubs, a nature reserve, great schools and nice cafes.”
Other winners and runners-up in the area included Wrea Green who were named as Champion Village runner-up and Longridge, who were named runner-up in the Large Village of the Year category.
Certificate of merit winners included Inglewhite Chapel, The Old Station Heritage Centre in Longridge and Euxton Park Care Home
The competition started in 1958 and was set up by the Community Council of Lancashire to promote a better environment for everyone throughout Lancashire.