THE winners of the Pantiles Big Reveal Christmas Window display have been announced.
Organised by Holly Watson and Charlotte Bowyer of The Zero Waste Company, and sponsored by Maddison’s Residential and RTW Together (BID), the best windows voted for by the public were:
First place – Kumquat
Second place – PoggenPohl
Third place – Catherine Hills Jewellery
The Big Reveal is a free family event held on The Pantiles where participating traders submit their Christmas window displays for a public vote, alongside plenty of festive spirit in the form of local carol singers, seasonal food and drink offerings and even a visit from Father Christmas!
This year’s event attracted more than 1,000 people, double that of last year, with over 3,000 votes cast since the unveiling.
This year’s winners are Kumquat, who opened their fusion style restaurant on the Pantiles this summer, with their Avengers-themed window display featuring the Incredible Hulk stealing Santa’s sack of presents!
Poggenpohl were runners-up, with their beautiful display of golden angels hanging in the window, with last year’s winner Catherine Hills coming third with her exquisitely hand-painted advent display, depicting the hustle and bustle of the Pantiles Lower Walk at Christmas.
Organisers Holly and Charlotte were delighted with the turnout this year. They said: “After what has been a difficult year for some, we wanted this year’s Big Reveal to be as magical and festive as possible.
“We feel it is so important in the current climate to offer free events for families to enjoy our beautiful town, and hope this really brought the spirit of Christmas to everyone on the Pantiles.” “When my son was 18 months old we were going to a wedding. The evening before I realised that I didn’t have a smart jumper for him to wear. I then remember this old dress and turned it into a jersey jacket for him. He looked very smart and was very comfortable.”
Bethan also described a Tudor costume the Amelia Scott team made for a different project as another example of sustainable fashion: “The costume was made from recycled materials. Red faux satin and yellow brocade fabrics came from charity shop curtains. The skirt and bodice were lined using the curtain lining from the recycled curtains. A shirt was made from an unwanted bedsheet.
“The hat was made from scraps left over from the dress and its attached veil was made from an old net curtain. Beading was from an old bead garland left over from Christmas,” Bethan says.
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