Enniskillen has been named the winner in the Medium Town category at the Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards 2018, at an awards ceremony at the Ardhowen Theatre.

Fermanagh's county town won the prestigious award after impressing judges with its community involvement and effort from local businesses and council members to work together to improve their surroundings.

The awards are organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and its president, Doreen Muskett, said: “Congratulations to Enniskillen, that stood out to the judges due to its artistic floral arrangements, colourful hanging baskets and residents’ enthusiasm for working as a team to create something beautiful.

“It is wonderful to recognise the excellent efforts from each town and village represented here today. The fantastic work that has been carried out, largely by volunteers, emphasizes the value of civic pride and the importance of making practical improvements to future-proof our communities.

Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Services at Belfast City Airport, added: “On behalf of Belfast City Airport, I want to congratulate Enniskillen and its residents for their unwavering loyalty to their community, leading to this impressive achievement today.

“It is an honour to support the Best Kept Awards, now in its 61st year. Hearing about the direct impact that volunteers have on residents, businesses and the wider community is incredible, with ongoing efforts taking place to maintain the high aesthetic standard that the awards demand.

“The Best Kept Awards have helped to motivate and inspire generations to get involved locally, something that Belfast City Airport also encourages through its Corporate Responsibility programme, which supports various clubs, groups, schools and environmental initiatives throughout Belfast.”

The Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards is the final ceremony of the wider Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards, previous categories include Best Kept Schools and Healthcare Facilities.