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Harrogate Christmas Shop Window Competition – winners announced

The winners of the Harrogate Christmas Shop Window Competition have been announced.

Twenty-seven shops had asked to take part and Helen James Flowers on Station Parade has been named as the overall winner.

Mama Doreen’s Emporium was the winner in the large shops category, Helen James Flowers won the medium shops category, and Boho Chic, on West Parade, was the winner in the small shops category.

The judging of the windows took place on Thursday, December 10. The Rotary Club of Harrogate organized and carried out the judging which involved 13 Rotarians, some with wives and two Soroptimists.

Graham Saunders, who organized the judging on behalf of the Rotary Club, said: “We were delighted to be able to organize the competition again this year particularly with the problems for retailers brought about by the Covid19 lock down. Harrogate is lucky to have so many independent shops who enjoy taking part in the competition.

The competition this year was supported by the Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) who presented a Harrogate BID Gift Card to each of the three winning shops.

Sara Ferguson, the Acting Chair of the BID, congratulated all the retailers for making the extra effort to decorate their window for Christmas and take part in the competition during this very difficult time.

She added: “The retailers who took part in the competition have gone to great lengths to make their shop windows look fabulous, which in turn has given the town centre a real festive boost.”

The presentation of certificates to the winning shops was carried out on Monday afternoon by a group including Councilor Zoe Metcalf, Deputy Mayor of Harrogate. Alistair Ratcliffe, President of the Rotary Club of Harrogate and Sara Ferguson, Acting Chair of the BID, who visited each of the shops.

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