Prizes for top shop displays

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The winners of Boston Borough Council’s second annual Christmas shop window competition have been announced.

The displays ranged from Minions from the Despicable Me film franchise fashioned from balloons and papier mâché through to traditional tinsel and twinkling lights, with entrants up on last year.

Coun Paul Skinner and Coun Claire Rylott, two of the judges, said: “It is so vital that we all do our bit to back Boston – and never more so than at this important commercial time of year, so it was good to see so many promoting their businesses in this really customer-cheery way.”

Trophies and certificates were presented by Coun Skinner and Coun Rylott to charity shop winner the Butterfly Hospice Trust, second placed St Barnabas, independent category winner Lovelace’s Flowers, runner-up Paddy’s, and national and chain category winner Oldrids and runner-up Specsavers.

Each of the winners also received cheques of £100 for their nominated charities. These were: The Giles Academy Charities for Lovelace’s Flowers, the Butterfly Hospice Trust for the Butterfly Hospice Shop, and Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bike Service of Oldrids.