To celebrate the launch of this year’s Festival of Chichester, many city centre businesses took part in a special window display competition, which was judged on Friday 11 June by stage and screen actress Paula Tinker.
Paula has appeared in several Chichester Festival Theatre productions including The Mitford Girls, Underneath The Arches, Valmouth, Henry V and Nickleby And Me. Her West End, TV and touring roles include Dirty Linen, Crazy For You, Relatively Speaking, Minder, and Me And My Girl.
A local resident, Paula was accompanied by three-times Mayor of Chichester Anne Scicluna, Festival Co-ordinator Barry Smith, Vice Chair & CEO of Chichester BID Helen Marshall and Client Relationship Manager at Chichester BID Mandy Medhurst.
Entrants included L’occitane en Provence, Retro and Vintage, Jane Bulbeck,
Joules, Hansford Menswear, Lucy With Diamonds, Q Hair & Beauty, St Wilfrid’s charity shop, Classix, Hedge Rose and Chestnut Tree House charity shop.
Taking first place was Hansfords Menswear in South Street with a fantastic and vibrant music inspired display. Runners up were Chestnut Tree House in North Street and Hedge Rose Florist in The Hornet. Jane Bulbeck in Eastgate Square was also highly commended.
Barry Smith from Festival of Chichester commented: “It was a brilliant shop window competition experience this year with so many colourful and imaginative ideas on display. It was a tremendously hard task to pick the winner! The Festival is committed to working together with local businesses and the window exhibitions really show this partnership in action. The Festival is enormously grateful to everyone who took part, to the fantastic judge, Paula Tinker, and to Chichester BID.”
Helen Marshall, Vice Chair and CEO of Chichester BID, commented: “Well done to all the businesses that took part in the competition, it was wonderful to see so much creativity and imagination. The displays added a real festival feel to the city centre. What a fabulous way to mark the start of the Festival of Chichester.”
To find out more about Festival of Chichester please visit: https://festivalofchichester.co.uk