Shops prepared for a sporty summer with window displays that proved a smash hit with judges.
The 2016 Morecambe Town Centre Window Dressing contest saw shops combine the themes of sport and comedian Eric Morecambe’s 90th birthday.
The winners were:
Wider town centre
1st – Little Shop of Hobbies, Pedder Street
Vicky and Barbara Boyd’s Olympic themed display featured hand knitted and crocheted outfitted babies taking part in a sprint race, the long jump, and weightlifting amongst other events. Joint 2nd – The Uniform and Leisurewear Co. Euston Road
Melissa Wauson’s sportswear themed display had multiple model Erics taking part in various Olympic events, including javelin, gymnastics and diving.
Joint 2nd – 13 The Warehouse, Queen Street
Faye Cooper’s display incorporated two windows, one with a Morecambe Bay Olympics ragdoll theme and one using beach-themed home furnishings to celebrate sailing in Morecambe Bay.
THI2 area (Part of Marine Road, Skipton Street and Victoria Street):
1st – Morecambe Heritage Centre, Marine Road Central
Their display, created by the centre’s secretary, Anita Cutler, reflected on the Super Swimming Stadium and Morecambe FC’s FA Cup exploits from 1962 when 9,383 visited Christie Park for the third-round tie against Weymouth.
2nd – Kerry’s Coffee House, Marine Road Central
Kerry Brotheridge and Chloe Ford’s display included one of their special sporty-themed celebration cakes in honour of Eric Morecambe and HRH The Queen, born a few weeks apart, 90 years ago.
The Lancaster City Council competition, now in its fourth year, helps showcase the best of what businesses have on offer and attract new customers. The theme was sport because of the upcoming European Football Championships in France and the Rio Olympics.
Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said: “It was fantastic to see the effort that so many businesses had gone to. The judging panel thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the entries and we’d encourage people to see for themselves just how good they all are by taking a tour of the displays. I’d also like to thank those organisations who provided prizes for the competition for their generous contributions to making it a great success.”
The competition is part of the Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) 2: A View for Eric, a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lancaster City Council.
The prizes included tickets to the Platform to see Dave Spikey, Springwatch pair Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams, and Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz; Morecambe Cross Bay Walk tickets courtesy of Galloway’s Society for the Blind; a Wild Card pass to Williamson Park and free passes to use at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.