Sleigh, stars and snow win Bury’s best festive shop window...
A menswear business which breathed new life into a former jewellers in Bury St Edmunds has been judged to have the best Christmas window in town. Six in Abbeygate Street was announced as the winner this morning (December 19) in the annual competition organised by Ourburystedmunds, which runs the Business Improvement District (BID).
The shop, which until 18 months ago traded in Whiting Street, was given the top prize by this year’s guest judge Councillor Julia Wakelam who is Mayor of St Edmundsbury. Highly Commended were former winners Javelin, also in Abbeygate Street and The Sewing Centre in St Johns Street. Cllr Wakelam said: “This is such a lovely task to undertake as all the businesses in town go to such lengths to be really creative and there are several this year that are quite outstanding, which made it a very difficult task. In amongst some very high scoring windows I chose Six who had really thought hard about their display.”
Giles Henderson who owns Six said: “We are lucky to be in a beautiful old building, which has a wonderful shop front. The five members of staff here all chipped in with their ideas about how to make our Christmas window as eye-catching as possible.
“We wanted a traditional festive theme so we have a sleigh and fairy lights, some stars hanging from the ceiling and presents and snow dotted around too. I’m delighted that The Mayor chose Six among such tough competition.”
Six will now hold the prestigious Ourburystedmunds shield for a year. It was presented this morning by The Mayor with Ourburystedmunds’ Chief Executive Mark Cordell. Mark commented: “We are very grateful to Cllr Wakelam for all the time and effort she has put into this. She visited every part of the town centre to draw up a shortlist, before selecting her final winner. The businesses in Bury St Edmunds make a real effort with their windows and I think the job of judging them gets more difficult every year.
“I congratulate the team at Six on winning the competition and hope that this Christmas trading period is equally successful for them.”