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Sisters among group that wow crowds at floristy competition.

FLORISTRY students from Bishop Burton College had a worthwhile journey to the prestigious FleurEx competition held in Birmingham.

The Year 3 students who were victorious are all on the final year of their floristry design course.

Theresa O'Grady from Cherry Burton took first place in the category to decorate a chair.

She was inspired by an art noveau and sea theme, incorporating items such as dried star fish, crab and sea shells to decorate the chair which was covered with sand.

Flowers used included phalanopsis orchids, anthuriums, seedum, succulents and hypericum.

Theresa won the bridal category last year.

Katie Gilman, from Hull, took third place in the same category. Her theme was inspired by nature and she used roses, anthuriums and foliage such as aspidistra, galax leaves, twigs, moss and ivy.

Katie's sister, Jenny, wowed the crowds in the class to create an arrangement to promote a new product for a company's national marketing  press launch.  

Jenny was inspired by candles and created a design using wax on the base with flowers including cucumma,  anthuriums, green trick and scabiosa - finished with mikado reeds to embrace the flowers.

Course manager Ruth Robinson said she was "incredibly proud" of all the students who had taken part.

"It's wonderful to see them use the skills they have learnt on their courses with such confidence and artistic flair under a pressured competition situation."