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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Tuesday, 22 December 2009


Christmas message from Councillor Hugh Hunter,
Leader of South Ayrshire Council


“It seems no time since I was last wishing you a merry Christmas. I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed, and that the festive season – which I’m very much looking forward to – is almost upon us once again.


“Although the year has gone quickly, it has been one of the most challenging for everyone, from major banking institutions to councils to local families in South Ayrshire, and I’m sure many among us will be looking forward to a fresh start in 2010.

“That’s what’s so special about this time of year – Christmas gives us an opportunity to come together as families and friends and celebrate all that is good in our lives, while New Year provides time for reflection and the chance to change the way we do things.

“And that’s been an important theme for the Council over the past 18 months or so. We have to do things differently to achieve our objectives and our vision of establishing South Ayrshire as the most inclusive, sustainable and dynamic community in Scotland, and that will continue as we move into 2010 and beyond.

“The changes we have seen not only in our own communities but across the country during this year have made many people focus on what is really important in life. In a consumer society, it’s very easy to focus on possessions – especially at this time of year when we’re thinking about presents – but at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter.

“And I am incredibly proud of the people of South Ayrshire and the way they look out for each other. That’s never more important than at this time of year when many families can’t be together over the festive period. Whether through work, illness or simply distance, we should all think about those who may experience a very different Christmas and New Year than we ourselves will have.

“In particular, my thoughts will be with the members of our armed forces, who are serving abroad in various parts of the world. They will, I know, be missed by their families, and I wish them all a safe Christmas.

“I thoroughly enjoy this time of year, and I hope you will too – however you choose to celebrate or pass the time. I wish everyone in South Ayrshire a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and contented 2010 when it arrives.

“Happy Christmas!”

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