Shop window display competition returns to bring Christmas cheer to Sudbury
With this year set to be one we would rather forget than remember, a shop window display is aiming to provide some welcome relief in the run-up to Christmas.
That is the hope for organisers behind this year’s annual Christmas window display competition in Sudbury, which launched this week.
Penny Wilby, owner of thebestof Sudbury, who is running the contest in conjunction with Sudbury Town Council, said we all need some festive colour to brighten our lives.
She said: “This has been a rather challenging year for many and the last thing we want is for Christmas to be cancelled.
“In fact, this year more than ever, we need some Christmas cheer and we need to show our support to our town’s amazing small businesses.
“Last year was an outstanding success, with more businesses getting involved than ever before. Let’s make 2020 a huge Christmas window display success.”
Voting runs until December 19, with the winner set to be decided by a combination of public votes and a panel of judges.
Everyone who votes will have their name added to a free prize draw to win a Christmas hamper from Waitrose in Sudbury.
People can vote online via the Sudbury Christmas Window Display Competition Facebook page, or by downloading a voting form from thebestof Sudbury website at www.thebestof.co.uk.
Voting slips can be returned to the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre in the town’s library, or at Sudbury Town Hall on Market Hill.
Last year, 60 town centre businesses took part in the competition, with nearly 900 votes cast by people picking out their favourite Christmas windows.
The winner was Sudbury charity 72 North Street, with its take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Runners-up were Lipstock & Locks and Asters, both new businesses to Sudbury.
Other window displays to impress the judges and the public were Amor Interiors, Rees Cafe and Angelo Smith’s very own Christmas village.
“All businesses in Sudbury town centre are welcome to take part,” added Mrs Wilby. “We hope this year’s competition will be a big success.”