Pontefract Civic Society is proud to announce that Jolly’s Café on Ropergate unanimously scoped 1st place in this year’s Christmas shop windows competition judged by eight pupils from six schools.

Paul Cartwright, civic society Chair said “scoring was very tight at the top, from the decorations presented by 25 businesses which had been selected by us for the pupils judge, the top 10 had additional scrutiny, and the top three were selected who each got a framed certificates”.

Darren Cox and Alison Frankland co-owners of Jolly’s of Pontefract are photographed receiving the winner’s certificate.  Darren said, “winning was a lovely surprise as we did the window display to advertise we were open for takeaways, and to make customers aware I’d been busy in lockdown baking Christmas cakes and boozy mince pies.  Alison went on to say, “Our Christmas cakes are still available, mince pies and homemade cakes are baked daily, and we are hoping to be opening the cafe fully on 19th December until Christmas Eve. After which, we will carry on in the New Year keeping Pontefract well-fed with homemade goodies and a warm friendly welcome”.

Hark Interiors on Ropergate was a very worthy runner up, with Jackie’s Florist on Gillygate coming in third place. Others which sparkled included Hollywood Nails, The Hair Lounge, Peter Jones, Maison de Beauté, The Shoe Room, Ego Hairstyling, and Flowerworks.

Paul Cartwright, civic society Chair who coordinated the competition said, “We all know this has been a very tough year for local businesses, and though some display may have suffered, we were very happy to see around 40 businesses decorated to various degrees, which enabled pupils from St. Giles CofE Academy, and five schools within Pontefract Academies Trust to assess a significant number of Christmas themed displays”.

Richard Grace, St. Giles CofE Head said, “For Head Boy, Stefan, and Head Girl, Peyton, this was their first role, and they had a fantastic morning, alongside the children from Pontefract Academies Trust”.

Pontefract Academies Trust pupils were recruited through Abi Leung, marketing manager, who said, “what an exciting morning some of our children had! Thank you to Pontefract Civic Society for the opportunity”, our representatives came from De Lacy School, Halfpenny Lane School, Orchard Head School, Carleton Park School, and Larks Hill School.  

Phil Cook, civic society vice chair made the presentations and is responsible for presentation photography.

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