At a pleasant gathering in H’s Coffee Shop the winners of this year’s fantastic window competitions were announced.
This year, under new organisation, Christmas in Whitchurch leaped several bounds ahead and hit the big time when hundreds packed the Square for its launch. Local traders had got together to arrange a memorable evening that kicked off the Shop Window Competitions. A lot of thanks must go to Pauline Choppen of the Bridal Shop and a number of other helpers, without whom this would not have happened. Hannah who had hosted the evening presented Pauline with a fine bouquet of flowers from the businesses in appreciation of the hard work she had put in.
Families and children starting hunting for the white mice in the shops, and began voting on the best decorated windows. With a top prize of a family ticket to see Peter Pan at the Anvil, the competition was intense.
Even the unexpected escape of one of the mice, causing much squaling and jumping on chairs failed to dampen the enthusiasm.
The grand draw for the winner of the Fairytales Competition was made by Mayoress Sandra Jackman. The suspense filled the air as she pulled out the winning entry from all those received and announced the lucky recipient:
“The winner is… Abigail Davis”
The correct answer to rearranging the letters on the mice was ‘Rumpelstiltskin’
Best Shop Window
Excitement rose as the announcement of the Best Shop Window was to made.
And it was….
By popular choice the winner, decided by local votes, was ‘Rosies Gifts’.
The Competition Shield
The winner of the longstanding Shop Window competition, arranged this year by the traders themselves, received the Competition Shield which had been introduced by our present Mayor Cllr Barry Jackman back in 2002.
This was also first awarded as a recognition of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee of that year, when Barry was also holder of the Mayoral position.
The shield has been inexplicably missing for the last few years, but it is now back in its rightful place – in the hands of a worthy winner!
The Mayor visited Rosie in her shop after the presentation to congratulate her on her award.
Plans for next year are already being formulated!
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