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Awards for festive window displays

Awards for festive window displays

Published at 6:31pm 30th November 2016. (Updated at 4:16pm 1st December 2016)

The winners of Harrogate's Christmas shop window competition have been revealed.

Adage Dance, on Cheltenham Parade, was crowned as the overall winner, after impressing judges with a display which featured live mannequins.

It also won the Small Shop category, with Bettys winning the Large Shop category and Jespers taking the Medium Shop title.

For the first time, the overall winner also received a Silver Rose Bowl trophy.

Shops and offices which support the Harrogate at Christmas Group are automatically entered into the competition.

The Rotary Club of Harrogate organised and carried out the judging, which involved 13 Rotarians, two Soroptimists and three students from Harrogate College.

Working in pairs, each group of judges scored the shop windows on the basis of illumination, innovation and the spirit of Christmas.

All of the scores were then brought together to agree the outright winners and highly commended windows.

Harrogate Christmas Shop Windows - Bettys

The 'Swiss Alpine Village' window display at Bettys

Graham Saunders, who organised the judging on behalf of the Rotary Club, said: "We were delighted to be able to take part again this year. There are some splendidly decorated shop windows which we saw when we carried out the judging.

"We were particularly pleased that shops outside the town centre, particularly Westmoreland Street and Montpellier were highly commended."

Councillor John Fox, Chairman of the Harrogate at Christmas Group, added: "We are highly delighted that the council have provided the Silver Rose Bowl for presentation to the overall winner of the competition.

"The Rose Bowl was originally presented to the council by the Harrogate Chamber to be awarded for the best dressed window in Italian week."

Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District judged the window displays in charity shops on the basis of innovation, impact and the spirit of Christmas.

Saint Michael's Hospice in Starbeck was the overall winner.

The awards and highly commended certificates were presented by the Mayor, Councillor Nick Brown, together with the President of the Rotary Club of Harrogate, Margaret-Ann de Courcey-Bayley, and the President of the Harrogate Soroptimists, Pat Shore, at a party in the Mayor's Parlour.

The full competition results:

Overall Winner

Adage Dance, Cheltenham Parade

Large Shop

Winner - Bettys, Parliament Street

Highly Commended - Richard Grafton Interiors, The Ginnel

Medium Shop

Winner - Jespers, Oxford Street

Highly Commended - Baytree Interiors, Victoria Shopping Centre and Circa Vintage Boutique, Regent Pararde

Small Shop

Winner - Adage Dance, Cheltenham Parade

Highly Commended - Miss Claire Rose, Commercial Street

Overall Charity Shop Winner

Saint Michael's Hospice, Starbeck

Charity Shop Winners

Shelter (Harrogate Zone)

Saint Michael's Hospice, Starbeck (Knaresborough and Starbeck Zone)

Saint Michael's Hospice, Ripon (Ripon and Boroughbridge Zone)

Charity Shops Highly Commended

Save the Children and Saint Michael's Hospice, Bilton, Harrogate

Oxfam, Knaresborough

Oxfam and Leonard Cheshire Homes, Boroughbridge