CHRISTMAS shoppers in Midhurst have used a new voice to vote for their favourite shop window.
They have taken part in the new-look Christmas shop window competition traditionally run and judged by Midhurst Town Council.
This year the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, Chichester District Council’s rural town co-ordinator Melanie Burgoyne and the Town Team joined forced to bring a new twist to the competition.
For the first time it was thrown open to members of the public to choose their favourite window.
The run away winner of the new competition was the Exclusive Cake Shop and Vintage Tearooms on Rumbolds Hill where Carole Sharp and her team have created a winter wonderland of penguins.
“We came up with the idea in August,” said Carole, “long before John Lewis launched their advertisement!”
Their window is packed with penguins sledging down cake mountains, relaxing outside an igloo and adorning a host of other edible scenes. There are also gingerbread houses, a Christmas tree cake, a wreath and Christmas puddings.
Carol’s team consists of apprentice Michaela Davey, cake decorator Karen Fraser and team room manageress Charlotte Millens who is also involved in the sugarcraft.
Carole who is about to expand her business with another shop opening in Chichester, thanked all her customers for voting for her window.
Runner up was Silvija Stewart at ‘Something Different’ in North Street who said she opened the shop nearly three years ago because it was ‘on my bucket list’.
“I love Midhurst and always wanted to do something like this here. I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me. I am really chuffed.”
Melanie said: “So many shops have lovely window displays and this year the public have chosen which ones stand out the most to them. Hopefully, people will come and see the winners then look around all the shops. There are still special offers taking place with the advent windows and customers can enter a competition to win a share of £200 vouchers to spend in the town.
See all the pictures in this week’s Observer (December 18).