The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 24 December 2009


Ayr retailers come out tops with best Christmas window displays

THE X-Factor may well have had everyone glued to their television screen recently, but it’s the ‘Xmas’ factor that has Ayr shop owners in a festive flutter!

Judges for annual Best Dressed Window Competition took to the streets last week to make their selections, narrowing down the runners-up and choosing the winners for 2009.

They were joined by South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan, who said: “It hardly seems a year ago since we were last trying to pick the winners for the Best Dressed Window of 2008.

“A well dressed window, particularly at Christmas, makes shopping much more fun and, added to the Christmas lights, creates a bit of glitter and magic in the town.

“Not only do winners get tickets for the Flower Show next year, we’re also presenting tickets to Cinderella at the Citadel, adding a seasonal sparkle to the prizes!”

Two categories are judged in the competition. The Multiple Trader Award, was won by Accessorise, with Hourstons runners-up.

The Independent Retailer award was won by Pillar Box and runner-up was Table Toppers.


Pictured above: Pillar Box owner Rosemary Dorans receives a crystal award from Geoff Barber, President of the Rotary Club of Ayr for winning the Independent Retailer Category in the Best Dressed Window Competition for 2009. Also pictured are: (left to right) Provost Winifred Sloan, Phiroze Mehta, President Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club, Geoff Barber, John Walker, Chairman Ayr Flower Show and Vice Dean Ayr Guildry, and Councillor Elaine Little.


Pictured above: Table Toppers manager Jean Ingram receives a crystal award from Geoff Barber as runner up in the Independent Retailer Category in the Best Dressed Window Competition for 2009. Also pictured are: John Walker, Provost Winifred Sloan, Phiroze Mehta and Councillor Elaine Little.


Pictured above: Debra Edmunds, assistant manager of Accessorize receives a crystal award from Phiroze Mehta for winning the Multiple Trader Retail Category in the Best Dressed Window Competition for 2009. Also pictured are: Geoff Barber, Provost Winifred Sloan, Janice Houston Accessorize Manager, John Walker and Councillor Elaine Little. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.


Pictured above: Lynne Fraser of Hourstons receives a crystal award from Phiroze Mehta as runner up Multiple Trader Retail Category in the Best Dressed Window Competition for 2009. Also pictured are: Linda Lawson, Store Manager, Hourstons, Provost Winifred Sloan, Geoff Barber and Councillor Elaine Little.

Provost Sloan concluded: “This year the standard has again been of a consistently high quality and it does make our decision very difficult. In particular, I’d like to commend those shops that have entered the competition, getting into the festive spirit and for their hard work in making their window displays stand out.”

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