Duo are top of the shops
WOKINGHAM’S town mayor went window shopping on Saturday, and came away with a jewellers and an art gallery.
Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner decided that Strange the Jewellers in Bush Walk and TG Art Gallery in Peach Street had the best festive displays in a contest that co-incided with Small Business Saturday.
Love Wokingham invited retailers to take part in the contest: to be involved, their windows needed to be Christmassy and showcase products or businesses. Marks were awarded for creativity and overall impact
Cllr McGhee-Sumber said that judging was so hard, he had to declare the two joint winners as well awarding a special commendation for creativity, which went to Stitchery Do in Denmark Street for its hand-crafted decorations.
He said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities; the backbone of our high streets and they are in no small way what makes our town distinctive.
“We are lucky to have so many dedicated retailers in Wokingham who pride themselves on offering a great range of products and services, and individual customer service to residents and visitors alike.
“Attractive and creative Christmas windows will undoubtedly not only have a positive effect on footfall but also create a lovely feel around the town during the festive season as Wokingham increasingly becomes a destination for shoppers.”
Wokingham town mayor Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner presents the festive window cup to Strange the Jewellers (left) and TG Art Gallery (right)