Awards for window displays

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Awards have been handed out to Scarborough businesses who shone out above the rest with their festive window displays.

The Scarborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce presents shields each year to two shops, small and large, with the Best Dressed Christmas Window.

The winners were Boyes in Queen Street and Homebird House in St Helen’s Square, opposite the Market Hall entrance.

Businesses who were highly commended included the Market Hall and Vaults, Stage Struck in Huntriss Row and Solid Rock Cafe in Eastborough.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, president of the Scarborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “There were lots of wonderful window displays this year.

“The standard was very high and the displays bring so much pleasure to locals and visitors alike.”

Cllr Jefferson explained that the competition, which has been running for over 15 years, takes in a large area from Falsgrave, through the town centre and into the Old Town.

Businesses do not enter by means of an entry form, but nominations can be made by anyone to the chamber of trade or Scarborough Council’s investment manager, Nick Taylor.

Representatives from the organisations then visit businesses during the Christmas period to find the most attractive displays.

Cllr Jefferson said: “It’s been a bright and colourful Christmas with some lovely themes in the shop windows.

“The two winners were very deserving of the award and they received the most nominations.”

Alex Anderson, of Homebird House, said: “It was amazing to win. It made us happy that all the hard work was worth it.

“The display took us two weeks to complete as it was all made by hand. We were busy doing the window every night after the shop had closed.”

The theme for the window was Narnia and it featured black and white line drawings, along with mystical armoires and a cosy fireplace.

The window was created by Alex and his business partner Kirsty Rankin.

He added: “This is the first thing we’ve won at the shop, so we’re really chuffed.”

Chris Golder at Boyes said the team were delighted to receive the award in the large store category.

He said: “It’s always a pleasure to receive an award like this.

“It’s a tradition that we’ve been upholding for years and we do it for everyone in Scarborough.

“We’re known for it and we get some great feedback.”