Duo are top of the shops

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

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)

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