Pontefract Civic Society is proud to announce that Nail Express on Finkle Street unanimously scoped 1st place in this year’s Christmas shop windows competition judged by eight pupils from four primary schools.

Paul Cartwright, civic society Chair said “we were overwhelmed by this year’s response with over 60 decorated businesses, a massive 50% increase on last year, which demonstrates the desire to brighten up the town encouraging customers and families to enjoy the Christmas spirit”

Paul went on to say, “we’ve seen the enthusiasm building for window dressing during the pandemic, with things like Halloween and then the Light Up, so this year, we had to create a shortlist for judging after an earlier review, and we’re thankful that members of the civic society managed the judging”.

Hark Interiors on Ropergate was a very worthy runner up, with Jackie’s Florist on Gillygate coming in third place, both for the second year running. Others which sparkled in the eyes of school pupils were DJs, Headhunters, and Noah’s Hark.

Pontefract Academies Trust’s marketing manager, Abi Leung said, “the six children who represented Pontefract Academies Trust, thoroughly enjoyed the morning. It certainly got them all in the festive spirit! Thank you, Pontefract Civic Society for yet another great opportunity”.

Richard Grace, St. Giles C. E. Headteacher said, “It’s such a great opportunity for our children to participate in the judging alongside other schools in Pontefract. It’s such lovely festive activity, which is always well organised by the Pontefract Civic Society and we look forward to working with them more in the new year”.

Phil Henfrey, presented the certificates, Peter Ferrari took the photographs, both members of the civic society.

For local information visit the civic society on social media @PontefractCivic, the website at www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk or call 01977 708658. New members are always welcome, and you can sign up online, and there’s books and Pontefract merchandise available for those late Christmas gifts.

Winner – Nail Express

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