They are ‘painting the town red’ again in Melton, 178 years after a group of toffs did just that in the town to coin the popular phrase.
Brightly coloured flowers have been planted in Sherrard Street as part of Melton BID’s National Britain in Bloom campaign.
The group is entering the East Midlands in Bloom competition again and has also been shortlisted to represent Melton and the region in the National Britain in Bloom finals.
The theme is “Painting The Town Red” and planting is now underway in the town centre, with new features including barrier baskets on Sherrard Street and Wilton Road, new planters on Nottingham Street and High Street and a central feature in the Market Place.
Shelagh Core, Melton town centre and BID manager, said “This is a real opportunity to showcase our town and our businesses, both regionally and nationally and we would really like as many businesses and community groups to be involved as possible.
“It could be anything from a hanging basket, a window box, a small planter or a shop front window display with a splash of red.
“It doesn’t even need to be in the ‘Painting The Town Red’ colour - the national theme is ‘Green Streets Better Lives’, so any display or feature would be welcomed.”
Judging date for the East Midlands in Bloom competition is Friday July 10, at 2.30pm, while the national judging for Britain in Bloom will be Tuesday August 11.