A SYMBOL of Maldon has returned after more than 30 years.

The ‘Pride of Maldon’ rose has returned to the town after a long absence.

Earlier this year eight of the special roses were planted the Friary walled garden, Museum of Power, at Langford, and at St Peter’s Churchyard.

Three others were planted at residents’ homes.

Seven out of the eight roses were a success and are now in full bloom

Twenty-two cuttings were taken and the eight bushes were raised by Harkness Rose Growers.

The rose was featured at the weekend at National Heritage Open Days around Maldon.

The rose was originally grown by Harkness Rose Growers and bushes were sent to Australia and America where there are namesake towns.