Home and gift shop wins most festive window competition in Bury St Edmunds
A home and gift shop has won this year’s most festive window competition.
Loft & Spires, at Cornhill, has won the annual Festive Window Competition, run by Our Bury St Edmunds.
It is the third time the shop has scooped the top prize in the last four years.
Romy Abraham, who owns the shop, said: “This year we wanted to give the feeling of a cosy traditional Christmas, putting aside all the misery of 2020.
Although we were closed throughout November’s lockdown we hope our window provided some Christmas cheer and comfort to those passing by and I thank everyone who decided to vote for us.
Highly commended were florist Tudor Rose, in Hatter Street, and Javelin, in Abbeygate Street, both of whom have previously won the shield.
Loft & Spires’ winning display shows Father Christmas sitting in an armchair in front of a decorated fireplace, surrounded by gifts and with stockings stuffed with carrots hanging up for his reindeer.
Displays were chosen for the first time this year by users of the Our Bury St Edmunds LoyalFree app instead of a local ‘mystery’ judge.
The window of runner up Tudor Rose also featured in this year’s Bury Merry Christmas film from Our Bury St Edmunds.
James Mortlock at Tudor Rose said: “We pride ourselves on the fact that we pulled out all the stops with our window to show the importance of independent shops to the high street and Bury St Edmunds in particular.
"It’s had a great reaction and we thank everyone who voted – it’s brought some much needed Christmas cheer in a very difficult year.”
Last year’s winner, Javelin, was the other highly commended runner up.
Manager Jane Lord commented: “After such a tough year we wanted to cheer people up with our window and make it as bright as we could."
The top prize shield will be presented today by the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds town councillor Peter Thompson.
The two runners up will be presented with certificates by Our Bury St Edmunds vice chairman Maria Broadbent.