Many businesses have got into the Christmas spirit by decorating their shop windows and some inside where windows have limited space, all of which were judged last week with Pontefract Civic Society by pupils from St Giles Academy and Carleton Park, and we’ve now delivered 250 trail leaflets across the town.

Paul Cartwright, Chair of Pontefract Civic Society said, “It’s been great to see over 30 locations being judged and added to our trail leaflet, which proves that we are the organisation in the town which can galvanise and represent our independent businesses. When we looked around there’s even more shops & businesses who have put up decorations, which gives us hope to include even more locations in 2020.”

For new residents and visitors, the trail helps locate some of our great local business, puts a smile on peoples’ faces, and for children and families it’s a fun way of exploring the town looking out for the decorations.

Framed certificates were presented on Tuesday to the winner, Flowerworks on Ropergate, to the runner up, Jackie’s Florist on Gillygate, and to third place, Myxology café/bar on Ropergate.

Paul went onto say, “The pupils felt Flowerworks and Jackie’s Florist were very close contenders; the winner offered a natural festive feel both inside and out, whilst the runner up offered winter animal scenes and a traditional nativity, finally the third place entry displayed a colourful contemporary series of decorations, inside and out”.

Businesses and all residents can join the civic society, which is a membership-based charity, please visit the website at www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk.

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