THE inaugural winner of Halesowen in Bloom’s ‘Bet Pub’ competition has been announced following a hotly contested event.

A dozen landlords decked out their venues in colourful hanging baskets, but after a tough decision, judges decided to name the Why Not Inn as the first ever winner.

Pubs from across the town took part in the event, including Fairfield Inn, Waggon & Horses, The George, Picks, Edward VII, Rose & Crown, Hawne Tavern, Shenstone, The Swan, The Whitley and The Clock Inn.

Councillor Hilary Bills, a member of the Halesowen in Bloom organising committee, said: “It was a very difficult decision as all of the entrants were of top quality.

“The judges were impressed that so many pubs take the time to make their premises look so attractive.

“At the tea party after judging had finished, the Halesowen in Bloom volunteers looked at the photos of the pubs and voted for their favourite.

“The hanging baskets were all lovely and we wanted to go with one that really stood out and made an impact from the street, which is why I think the Why Not was a very worthy winner.”

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Cllr Bills added: “It was a very good competition, especially for the first time of doing it, so it is definitely something the committee will consider bringing back next year.”