A COMMUNITY leader praised a tiny hamlet for throwing open its gates to promote its identity.
Lydgate, which once believed it was being airbrushed off the map, staged its first ever Lyd-Gate Trail, encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate and admire their gates.
Twenty households took part in the contest which was judged by Doctor Andrew Taylor, chairman of the Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents Association, and Linda Bennett.
They spent more than two hours researching and deliberating after visiting the entries scattered across the community.
Doctor Taylor declared: “The scope of wit and imagination and the number of entries made for a fascinating challenge.
“All power to the organisers and residents for a wonderful community spirit – and well done to the winners.”
First prize went to Jill and Paddy Mitchell, whose family effort produced a ‘biting gate’ filled with ‘extra-sensory’ interactive sounds of jungle creatures and an alligator at their Poplar Avenue home.
Neighbours Dorothy Clarke and Lesley Heyes covered the gate at their cottage homes on Quick Edge Road with huge variety of lids – from egg boxes to saucepans – to create Lid-Gate and claim second prize.
Sport-loving Gordon and Julie Whitehead built a miniature version of Lords famous cricket ground with club house and a gate made of cricket stumps outside their terraced Stockport Road home to produce a ‘wicket gate.’
And Lesley and Alan Sweeney created Lydgate-on-Sea with a sandy beach, pebbles, deckchairs and all the trappings of a beachside break to win the highly commended prize.
Jennifer Greenwood, chair of Love Lydgate, whose team dreamed up the idea, added: “The event has been a tremendous success – we’ll definitely be organising another next year.
“It really brought people together as a community and all the entries were terrific. We hope the efforts will inspire even more entries next year.”