Judging took place on Saturday 2nd December for the Penrith Christmas window dressing competition.
Each year businesses in the town are invited to dress up their windows and get into the Christmas spirit. This year the theme set by Penrith Chamber of Trade for the competition was “Christmas in Penrith”.
This year’s judges were Heidi Marshall; Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants and President of Penrith Chamber of Trade, Claire Maxwell; Scott Duff, Sarah Mossop; Sassy Nix, Stephen Hill; T J Services (Penrith), Stephen Macaulay; Manning Elliott and Tracey Errington; Market Sense.
With over 25 entrees scattered all around Penrith being judged between Retail and Non-Retail, a great mix of backgrounds of judges, and so many fabulous windows to judge, it took the judges nearly 3 hours to view them all, score and finalise the winner. The winners in each category are:
1ST Maggies Bakery, Sandgate
2nd Finesse Bridal, Middlegate
3rd The Unicorn, Little Dockray
1ST Wilkes Green and Hill, Angel Lane
2nd Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yards
3rd Styleline, Middlegate
The judges were impressed with the effort that the businesses taking part had gone to with their windows and thought it was great to see so many businesses getting involved and supporting the initiative this year. Heidi Marshall President of Penrith Chamber of Trade said, “The standard was much higher this year which made the judges job really difficult, but it is fantastic to see the effort businesses have gone to”. With the high standard of entrees, the results for the winners were close.
Heidi Marshall is due to step down from her role as President of Penrith Chamber of Trade at the AGM on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and because of this she felt it was a great time to award a business in town who cannot participate in the window dressing competition, but each year decorate both inside and out giving a warm and welcoming feeling to the centre of town a special ‘Christmas Window Dressing Support’ award. Each year The George Hotel sparkle in the town centre and because of this Heidi has chosen them for this special recognition.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part, it really is great to have ‘Christmas in Penrith’. Below you can see all the businesses who are taking part so far in the window dressing competition.
Window Dressing Entries
Eden Wedding Boutique, Devonshire Street
Finesse Bridal, Middlegate
Finesse Jewellery, Middlegate
Greenwheat Flowers & Fika, Brunswick Road
Hospice at Home, Little Dockray
Lakeland Music, Little Dockray
Maggies Bakery, Sandgate
Mr Simms Sweet Shop, Middlegate
Muster, King Street
N Arnison & Sons Ltd, Devonshire Street
Salvation Army, Middlegate
Sassy Nix Boutique, King Street
Specsavers, Angel Lane
The Hideout Café, Middlegate
The Lion Gallery, Little Dockray
The Unicorn, Little Dockray
Townhall Treasures, Middlegate
Acorn Guest House, Townhead
Armstrong Watson Accountants, Duke Street
Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yards
Dodd & Co Accountants, Clint Mill
Eden Mencap Society, Duke Street (Adult's Entry)
Eden Mencap Society, Duke Street (Children's Entry)