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Shops brighten up the town centre

First prize went to Glendale Paints.
First prize went to Glendale Paints.

Last Thursday saw five members of the Alnwick in Bloom team judge the town’s shop window displays.

There were two themes to choose from this year – rainbow colours or Magna Carta, using red and white to match the banner of the town’s baron in 1215, Eustace de Vesci.

In second place was Kiddies Kabin, in The Shambles.

In second place was Kiddies Kabin, in The Shambles.

First prize went to Glendale Paints, on Bondgate Within, for an outstanding display depicting the signing of the Magna Carta, the 800th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year.

In second place was Kiddies Kabin followed by The Wool Shop in third, both in The Shambles.

Susan Bell, from Alnwick in Bloom, said: “I would like to thank everybody for their efforts.

“It was really hard to judge them and I would have liked to have given out a lot more prizes.”

Third prize was given to The Wool Shop, also in The Shambles.

Third prize was given to The Wool Shop, also in The Shambles.

• Meanwhile, there’s still time for green-fingered folk to be in with a chance to have their horticultural efforts rewarded.

Residents and business people are being encouraged to enter Alnwick in Bloom’s 2015 Gardening Competition.

The annual contest comprises four categories – Best Front Garden, Best Display (containers), Best Retirement Complex and Best Commercial Premises.

Anyone interested in taking part should fill out the form on Page 24 of this week’ Gazette.