Festive pain for store after window damage

Boyes Store Manager Chris Golder (right) and Artistic Director (correct) Elaine Truman pictured in front of the broken window.'114415. Picture Kevin Allen.'01/11/11.
Boyes Store Manager Chris Golder (right) and Artistic Director (correct) Elaine Truman pictured in front of the broken window.'114415. Picture Kevin Allen.'01/11/11.

A SCARBOROUGH store has been left without its traditional pre-Christmas cheer after vandals damaged a popular festive display.

Bosses at Boyes, in Queen Street, are distraught after one of its Christmas windows was smashed.

Boyes nativity window has been smashed by vandals during christmas week. 105219              Picture Dave Kettlewell.'30/12/10                   In media news/atex news

Boyes nativity window has been smashed by vandals during christmas week. 105219 Picture Dave Kettlewell.'30/12/10 In media news/atex news

The damage will cost £1,000 to repair.

It came just days after the company’s artistic director, Elaine Truman, had painstakingly set out this year’s festive design.

The damage is believed to have taken place between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Store manager Chris Golder said he was extremely disappointed the window, on the shop’s food hall entrance, had been targeted.

He said it carried far greater importance that any monetary value, as it was a focal point affectionately supported by customers.

He said: “It is disheartening that there seems to be a lot of trouble around at the moment and we are paying the price.

“It hasn’t damaged anything in the display, it’s just the mess that has been left.

“However, it is a big pane of glass and when it comes to clearing it all up and Elaine gets back into the window, she is going to have to be careful of all the glass that has been shattered everywhere.”

Mr Golder said the damage was a double blow to the store after a window was damaged last year.

A crowd of revellers were believed to have smashed the Wizard of Oz themed window, though store bosses believed it was not deliberate.

However, Mr Golder added the shop would be unbowed by the damage and remained committed to making this year’s display another huge success.

He added: “We always put up a big Christmas display complete with flashing lights and illuminations and it is always popular with people.

“That is why this is extra disappointing because of the window last year.

“We spent a lot of time and money getting this display ready for customers which is why this is just upsetting.”

Mr Golder also confirmed the store’s traditional Santa arrival in the town will take place on Saturday November 19.

Santa will again come into town on a fishing boat in the harbour before being whisked away to his grotto in Boyes.

Last year around 2,000 people welcomed Santa, who granted children their festive wishes.