The Ayrshire Hospice Shop scoop top prize
The Ayrshire Hospice Shop in Kyle Street, has just been named winner of this year's Ayr Christmas Shop Window Display competition.
The competition which is coordinated by Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council runs every year with judges from Ayr Guildry, Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club and The Rotary Club of Ayr looking for the most festive displays in the town.
The judges were impressed by the scene at the hospice shop which shows a reindeer pulling a pram full of hand-made items. Jackie Kennedy, Retail Manager for Ayrshire Hospice Shops said: "We were just about to dismantle the display when the judges came in; we are thrilled to have been chosen as overall winner this year."
Runner Up was Steven Brown in Newmarket Street, where his contribution to the whole street was acknowledged in addition to the window displays overseen by Euan Ruddick, Creative Manager. Euan said that the team there were doing all they could to attract shoppers to shop local in the town centre and was delighted to be Runner Up, he said: "We'll try even harder next time."
Highly Commended was Jools, also on Newmarket Street, where owner Linda Mitchell credited Linda Watt for the seasonal window displays. "We had some fun making the igloo," she said, "and Linda will be delighted with the Highly Commended trophy."
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie presented the awards: "Every year it's a real joy to present retailers with well-earned awards for their creativity and this competition gives everyone that festive feeling. I'd like to thank all those that took part and on behalf of the judges, wish our retailers, shoppers and visitors a very Happy Christmas."