Brightening up town’s streets

Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni presents the prize to winner Bari Tea.
Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni presents the prize to winner Bari Tea.

Alnwick Chamber of Trade (Act) has announced this year’s winners of the traders’ Christmas shop window awards.

Taking the top prize of £150 was Bari Tea Brewery on Narrowgate, followed by second-placed Northumberland Pets, on Bondgate Within, which won £100, and Bells, also Bondgate Within, coming third and earning £50.

The Bari Tea window at night.

The Bari Tea window at night.

Act chairman Carlo Biagioni thanked those that have taken part, saying that he believes that attractive shop windows add to the impressive lighting display put together by the Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee and will hopefully help to keep shoppers and visitors in the town.

There were a number of impressive windows that did not win a prize, but were highly commended: Candy Castle, Fenkle Street; Dickinsons, Fenkle Street; Marilyn & Melrose, Narrowgate; The Beauty Box, Bondgate Within; The Pantry, Market Street; and Outlook HEC, Bondgate Without.

Elsehwere, George F White came up with a novel idea involving local children providing handmade property particulars as part of its display, and Jobson’s of Alnwick, on the corner of Bondgate Within and Hotspur Street, had a very good display that included a nativity scene.

The judging panel also highlighted the brilliant display at Wager/Column Cottage that unfortunately did not qualify for inclusion, but the judges thought it worthy of mention.