THE time, effort and creativity of three shop owners saw their festive window displays named the best in Tunbridge Wells.
Business group RTW Together invited all town shops to participate in the competition, which was held throughout this month.
Last week six local school children, aged five to 11, rated all the 20 entrants out of five and debated each shop’s merit at some length before deciding a winner.
These were chosen as: Hospices of Hope, in Camden Road, The Silver Sheep Gallery, in Monson Road, and Fashion Carpets in High Street.
Karen Pengelly, RTW manager, said: “So much time and effort has gone in to producing wonderfully enticing and creative window displays this year and an attractive High Street does attract more shoppers.
“I’m glad I wasn’t judging as it would have been a tough decision. The children took their roles very seriously indeed – a big thank you to every business who took part and to the children for coming in to judge.” Runners-up included: Chapter 2, Hoopers, Zavens and Scallyway.
Jenny Pullen, manager of Hospices of Hope, said: “We saw the window competition advertised and we thought we would give it a go.
“It was our assistant manager Kristina Konakova who put it together. It is a winter wonderland with lots of stuffed animals and it is fantastic. “Kristina is very artistic and put it up four weeks ago. The animals were all donations that we could not sell because they did not have the safety label on them.