Displays a hit with the Christmas shoppers

The winners of the North Tyneside Christmas window competition.  (l-r) Marie Brown from Acorn Computer Recycling in Wallsend, Marie Brown from Ice Box at Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Richard Bell from Misoni in North Shields, and Michele Knox from North Tyneside Disability Forum.

The winners of the North Tyneside Christmas window competition. (l-r) Marie Brown from Acorn Computer Recycling in Wallsend, Marie Brown from Ice Box at Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Richard Bell from Misoni in North Shields, and Michele Knox from North Tyneside Disability Forum.

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FESTIVE windows drew praise from shoppers with more than 400 voting for their favourite display.

Hundreds voted in North Tyneside Council’s annual Best Dressed Window competition last month which for the first time was judged by residents online, rather than by the council.

And the winners were Misoni hairdressers in North Shields, Acorn Computer Recycling in Wallsend, NTDF community shop in Whitley Bay and Ice Box at the Whitley Bay Ice Rink.

John Fleet, town centre manager, said: “I would like to congratulate the four winners, and say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition.

“We’ve had some great entries this year, which has encouraged shoppers to visit the borough in the run up to Christmas, by creating a lively and vibrant festive atmosphere.”

Each winning business received £50 while the second and third in each category got £30 and £20 respectively.

All voters were entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to a show of their choice at Playhouse Whitley Bay, which was won by David Miller, from Longbenton.

The winners were – Wallsend: 1. Acorn Recycling; 2. West Street News; 3. Classic Trendz.

Whitley Bay: 1. NTDF; 2. 129 Coffee Shop; 3. Martin and Co.

North Shields: 1. Misoni; 2. Wishing Well; 3. The Church Shop.

Businesses not in a town centre

1. Ice Box at the Whitley Bay Ice Rink; 2. Fezziwigs in Tynemouth; 3. Kenzai Holistics in Cullercoats.