Our Christmas Shop windows competition had fourteen registered entries, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of six, and Hark Interiors was judged to be the cream of the crop.

Karen Morley, said “I believed the competition to display a Christmas window was an opportunity to make Pontefract stand out from the crowd. A town that’s going places gives confidence not only to shop owners, but more importantly to consumers without whom we wouldn’t exist. Thank you for supporting your local businesses”.

The judging panel for 2016 was Nadini and Helen (Carleton High School), Amie (Carleton Park J&I), Bob Clayden and Cllr David Jones (Bob also took the photographs, for which we are thankful).

In the Hark Interiors display on Ropergate, the judges could see a colour palette linked not only an icy cold Christmas, but to their brand. The window included animation, it was playful, fun, and oozed quality.

In assessing all the window displays, our judges gave consideration to the impact, creativity, variety of Christmas messages, and the resources at their disposal; they felt it was only right to include displays both large and small to give everyone a fair chance. With this mind, the runner up was H & M Dry Cleaning & Ironing Services (Ropergate),which demonstrated the original Christmas message in a simple manner yet appealing to young children, and the third place went to Suzi’s Boutique (Beastfair), which showed a high class contemporary display of wrapped gifts, baubles and bows, predominately in red and gold.

Other shop windows which were worthy of note are Weddings & Co (Wakefield Rd), Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio, and Signature (Ropergate)

The remaining entries were Flowerworks, Picson Printing, Airedale Computing, Brosgill Opticians, Peter Jones, Goodworth’s Butchers, Virgo Boutique, and Belles Café & Gifts.

A selection of photographs will be displayed in Pontefract Bus Station, but do go along to all these shops to see their displays, and to bag a Christmas bargain.

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