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    Florists hope to bloom during world skills talent competition

    Two Norfolk florists are hoping to bloom when they take part in a competition called world skills UK this weekend.

    The duo – who both study at Easton and Otley College – will be travelling to Enfield in Middlesex on Saturday 18 May 2019 where they will participate in a series of skills tests related to the course that they are studying on.

    At the end of the all-day event, independent judges from the British Florist Association will announce the winners who will then go forward to the national finals that will be taking place in Birmingham between 21 and 23 November 2019.

    If successful in the national rounds, the overall winner will then go forward to represent their country at an international event in Poland next year.

    The competing students – Angela Blackburn and Cathy Donoghue – are looking forward to the challenge.

    Angela, from Loddon, said, “Initially we had to create a design, take some photos and then send it to competition organisers to get through to the next stage of the competition.

    “Naturally it was great to get through this round and now we are off to Enfield. I guess anything is possible in terms of potential success. I’ve always been competitive so I’m going there to win.”

    Cathy Donoghue from near Fakenham, said, “I’m pleased to be going – I think it will be a great experience and I will learn a lot. I’m looking forward to representing the college, the county and my tutor Amanda.”

    Amanda Hughes is a floristry lecturer at the college. She said, “This will be a wonderful experience for our students to test themselves against some of the most talented florists in the region and potentially the country.

    “I’m proud of the students for getting this far and really believe that they can do well in this competition. If they relax and stay positive, this will be an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their talents.”