The Nutcracker theme for the 2017 Shop Window Competition organised by St Ives in December certainly caught the imagination of local retailers. Nutcracker soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairy tutus in various guises – with a few rats for good measure – were showcased in shop windows around the town. With so much creative firepower on display, Judge Bob Devereux had some tough decisions to make but he awarded the Judge’s Shield to last year’s runners-up, Lilac and Lime in Tregenna Place, for their fairy tale interpretation (see photograph above). Three 2017 runners-up were awarded rosettes: best small window went to Byron Jewellery in the Sloop Craft Market; best interpretation of the Nutcracker theme went to the British Heart Foundation shop on Tregenna Place; and most humourous window went to I Should Coco on Fore Street.
But there was also a chance for the general public to cast their vote at the local post offices or on social media. The unanimous winner of the People’s Trophy for 2017 was John’s Wines and Spirits in Fore Street.
St Ives in December would like to say a big thank you to Bob Devereux for so gallantly judging the competition (aided by Sherry Siefken-Glossop), to the retailers who pulled out all the stops with their window displays and to all of you who tramped the streets to decide your votes for the People’s Trophy.