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Shops and businesses across Bromsgrove are invited to share their sparkle and shine as the District Council hosts a Festive Best Dressed Window Competition.

In partnership with Bromsgrove Court Leet and The Bromsgrove Society, the annual competition is set to go ahead – but with a little bit of a difference in light of the Tier 2 restrictions.

Traders can send in photographs of their displays to the Council up until December 13 and first, second and third places will be awarded by the judging panel of Council Leader Karen May and Court Leet Bailiff Jo Slade. 

All entries will be displayed on the Council’s social media and feedback and comments from followers will be taken into account by the judges.

Cllr Karen May, whose Portfolio covers the Town Centre and Regeneration, said: “We hold this event each year and I am delighted we are able to give our local businesses the opportunity to showcase their shop windows, albeit a smaller affair than usual.

“It’s been a difficult year, especially for our independents and I hope this competition encourages our residents to visit them, safely of course, as they do their Christmas Shopping particularly this weekend which marks Small Business Saturday.”

Prizes have been donated by independent businesses which would usually trade at the Friends of St John’s Christmas Market, a huge part of the annual Council’s Festive event which has also been put on hold this year. These include:

3rd Prize: Wychbold Fudge: four bar Christmas gift box

2nd Prize: Sarah's Feisty Flavours: four jar Christmas gift box - mixed jams & chutneys 

1st Prize: Fruitfields: Hamper - Apple Juice, honey, chutney and honey drizzler

Jo Slade, who organises the market, said: “Sadly, a lot of festive events which see our local crafters and creators able to display and sell their wares have been cancelled.

“The traders have risen to the challenge and made their products available online so Bromsgrove residents can still shop local this Christmas.

“We are really grateful to those who have given prizes for the Best Dressed Window event. 

“I am so pleased the competition is taking place this year, the added sparkle across the District will help to lift spirits in times which can feel a little gloomy.” 

Traders who want to take part can send their photos to media@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk by December 13. To help your favourite display to win, follow the Council’s social media channels and look out for #BestDressedWindow and like or comment on your favourite.