The Alderman Gladys McCullough Challenge Cup for Best Decorated Estate has been jointly awarded to the residents of Queen’s Street and Jervis Street.
Mrs McCullough and Councillor Darryn Causby faced a difficult task as they judged approximately 20 well decorated streets and arches in Portadown earlier this month.
Residents throughout Portadown spent time and effort filling their estates with colour and creating an air of celebration in the lead up to the Twelfth season.
Speaking after the winners were decided, Mrs McCullough said, “Once again the streets and estates of Portadown have been decorated to a high level which left a difficult decision for Darryn and myself.
“ I want to thank and congratulate all residents who took the time out to decorate their streets and express their culture in such a way. However, Queen’s Street and Jervis Street stood out in particular as we judged the exceptional colours on display.”
Jervis Street just narrowly missed out on winning the Alderman Gladys McCullough Challenge Cup last year, coming in as a runner-up to the 2013 winner, Mourneview Street.
Alderman McCullough described the cup, which was originally awarded to the best decorated estates in the 1980s, as giving the area “pride and a sense of community”.
Upper Bann MP David Simpson, who presented the trophy, commented, “I was delighted to be able to present this cup to the residents of Queen’s Street and Jervis Street, in recognition of the excellent way in which they decorated their respective streets for the 12th period. The residents were delighted with this achievement and it is only down to hours of fundraising and decorating that ensures this high standard is maintained on a yearly basis.”