Harrogate Christmas shop window winners announced

Harrogate Christmas shop window winners announced

Published at 10:12am 17th November 2017. (Updated at 12:13pm 17th November 2017)

The winners of the 2017 Harrogate Christmas Shop Window Competition have been announced after a record-breaking number of entries.

Bijouled in Parliament Street was announced as the overall winner of the Christmas shop window competition after tough competition across four categories: large shops, medium shops, small shops and charity shops.

Bettys in Parliament Street was the winner in the large shops category, Jillian Welch in Westmorland Street won the medium shops category, Bijouled was the winners in the small shops category and Scope won the charity shops category.

The results were announced and certificates presented at The Big Switch On as part of the Harrogate at Christmas celebrations.

The Mayor, Councillor Anne Jones, presented the overall winner of the competition with a silver rose bowl trophy originally presented in a shop window competition in 1957.

More than 106 shops and offices which contributed to the Christmas lightsentered the Harrogate Shop Window Competition and the judging of the windows took place on Tuesday, November 14th.

The Rotary Club of Harrogate organised and carried out the judging which involved 15 Rotarians as well as some of their wives, four Soroptimists, and two students from Harrogate College.

They were joined this year by Ruth Sprowell and Carla Wise, whose mother Val Thompson was an award-winning window dresser for prestigious shops in Harrogate from the 1960s to the 1990s.

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

At the end of the judging all the scores were brought together to agree the outright winners and any highly commended windows

John Fox, chairman of Harrogate at Christmas, congratulated all the retailers and charity shops for making that extra effort to decorate their window for Christmas.  

The winners and highly commended certificates were presented by the Mayor, Councillor Anne Jones, together with the President of the Rotary Club of Harrogate, Graham Saunders, and the President of the Harrogate Soroptimists, Nicola Harding, just before the Christmas lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.

Much of the preparation of the shops windows, the organisation of the judging and the announcement of the results has been filmed for a Harrogate at Christmas programme to be shown on Channel 5 in the run up to Christmas.




Overall Winner: Bijouled, 50 Parliament Street

Large Shop winner: Bettys, Parliament Street

Highly Commended: Richard Grafton Interiors, The Ginnel

                                    Cordings, Parliament Street/Westminster Arcade

Medium Shop Winner: Jillian Welch,  7 – 9 Westmorland Street

Highly Commended: Jespers, 14 Oxford Street

                                    Furnish & Fettle, 10 Royal Parade

Small Shop Winner: Bijouled, 50 Parliament Street

Highly Commended: The Cheese Board, 1 Commercial Street

                                    Adage Dance, 24 Cheltenham Pararde

Charity Shop Winner: Scope, 34 Beulah Street

Highly Commended: Fairtrade Shop, St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Street

                                    Save the Children, 18 Commercial Street

                                    Oxfam, 3 Montpellier Parade


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