Provost Moonie with judges, presents Hourstons with their winning award.
Provost Helen Moonie has presented prizes to four town centre retailers marking the annual Ayr Town Centre Shop Window Display Awards, supported and judged by the Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Ayr Guildry, Ayr Rotary Club and the Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.
Repeating last year's highly successful format, 2014 saw three local shops receiving highly commended awards and one overall winner
Table Topper on Newmarket Street in Ayr won one of the Highly Commended awards and, accepting the award from Provost Moonie, Jean Ingram said: "What a wonderful surprise for us! I'm delighted to accept this and many thanks to the organisers for choosing our shop. The trophy now has pride of place in our window!"
Just around the corner on the Sandgate, Azure (Giving and Living) also picked up a Highly Commended award and owner Eileen Gray said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to receive this. Christmas really is a special and busy time of year for all retailers and to have our display pick up an award is great news – and a great early prezzie for us!"
Last year's winners, Rotherwoods of Beresford Terrace also picked up a Highly Commended award and owner Claire Bell said: "The annual contest is a great idea and we love dressing the window in the festive season. This year we thought a polar scene would be fun and our penguins and polar bear have really captured the imagination – especially from our youngest visitors! The award is a special honour and we're delighted with it."
The winning award went to Hourstons of Alloway Street whose warm, homely festive fireplace display caught the judges' eye. Accepting the award, Deputy Managers Lisa Ferrie and Carol Capperauld said: "This is brilliant. Our staff night out is in a couple of days and we'll really celebrate now! We'd like to thank the judges for this great award and
Chair of this year's judging panel, Norman McLean of the Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council added: "Every year we have some difficult decisions to make and this year was no exception. In particular, the variety and range of displays continues to improve and some of the themes and interpretations are quite literally showstoppers.
"Supporting local and High Street businesses is essential and I'm delighted so many shoppers have commented on the window displays – so full marks to every retailer who made the effort this year adding a bit of magical sparkle and festive fun to Ayr town centre!"
"Provost Moonie added: Every year it is a real joy to present retailers with well earned awards for their creativity and this competition really gets me feeling festive as Christmas approaches.
"I'd like to offer my sincere thanks and best wishes to all those who made the effort to dress their windows this year and on behalf of the judges, wish our retailers, shoppers and visitors to the town a very Happy Christmas."