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Woodside Animal Charity wins Shop Front Award

Woodside Animal Charity was awarded the inaugural Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Remembrance shop front window display competition. They received their award at the Borough’s awards ceremony in November.

The competition was introduced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 and allowed businesses to get involved with the commemorations and positively engage with the communities in which they trade.

The competition was open to entrants from all over the Borough and businesses from all three towns entered the competition. There were some fantastic entries and the judges took into consideration the following criteria: effort, creativity, attractiveness, quality and whether the display was in keeping with the remembrance commemoration.

The categories were for individual towns and an overall winner. Judging took place in November and the judges were the Mayor Cllr David Carter, Cllr Bill Boulter and Mark Hryniw, Town Centre Manager.

The judging was incredibly difficult and in South Wigston it was just too close to call so two businesses were awarded the prize as they couldn’t be separated. There was also an additional prize awarded for a tremendous effort from one of the businesses, but they just missed out on their town category, so a commendation award was given to them. The winners are listed below:

  • Overall Winner – Woodside Animal Charity, Wigston
  • Wigston - Woodside Animal Charity
  • Oadby – A J Adkinson Funeral Director
  • South Wigston – Handmade Elephant and Wigston Tackle
  • Commendation – Direct Carpets, Wigston

Borough Mayor, Cllr David Carter said “The quality of entrants to the inaugural Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Remembrance Shop front window competition was excellent. It was very difficult to choose between many of the entries and that’s why we had to jointly give awards to two businesses in South Wigston. All of the judges were impressed and very pleased with the effort the businesses made. This is a great advert for the businesses of the Borough and shows what the town centre businesses can achieve. The Borough Council will be looking at further competitions in the future.”

Cllr Bill Boulter said “We wanted the businesses to get involved with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 and thought that this would be a fantastic way of getting them engaged. The quality of entries was excellent. Well done to all of the entrants and the winners.”

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