The winners of the Winning Windows and Cheerful Trader Competition will be awarded prizes at the Hertford Christmas Gala on Friday 27th November.


The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Dr Linda Radford, will hand the winners a trophy, certificate and prizes live on stage at 6.15pm. Following the awards, the Mayor will switch the Christmas Lights on with Santa Claus at 6.30pm.


The fourteen Winning Windows entries were judged by the Mayor of Hertford on Monday 23rd November. The theme for 2015 was the ’12 Days of Christmas’.


The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Dr Linda Radford said:

“It was very difficult to choose the three winners because there was such a high standard and people had made a great effort. I would like to thank everyone who took part to make the town look so festive and attractive to shop in. I hope everyone will agree that those I chose were beautiful and did really demonstrate the 12 days of Christmas.”


First prize was awarded to Abel of Hertford who won a trophy and theatre tickets to the Christmas Pantomime (donated by Hertford Theatre)


Abel of Hertford said:

“We are so ecstatic that we have won first prize in the '12 days of Christmas' window display competition! We would like to say what an honour it is and such a great start for us settling into our new business in Hertford town. It was a lot of work but well worth it, what spurred us on more than anything, was the idea of creating some Christmas magic for the children of Hertford, young and old! Thank you for the opportunity and we will start planning next year’s Windows now!”


Second prize was awarded to The Creative Sanctuary who won two tickets for any Hertford Corn Exchange event.


The Creative Sanctuary said:

"We are so pleased to be recognised by the judges for our Christmas windows this year.  It was a team effort and I’d like to give special thanks to Kym Gentle and her fantastic sewing skills. We have had loads of lovely comments from our customers."


Third prize was awarded to The Beauty Room who won a £10 gift voucher for The Oak Room.


The Beauty Room said:

'’Our window displays the magic of Christmas, snowy musical notes and the sound of the violin as it's 'The 12 Days of Christmas'. Beautiful gifts are wrapped for you and all the family to come and see!”


For the second year in a row, Serendipity Foods were crowned the Cheerful Trader of the Year.

Serendipity received over 100 entries from the public who remarked how welcoming the staff are.


Carla Duffield from Serendipity said:

“Myself & the team at serendipity are once again so very pleased and thankful for winning the Cheerful Trader award. To win twice in a row is an amazing achievement, especially as there have been so many other cafes and coffee shops for people to go to. We would like to thank all of our lovely customers for taking the time to vote for us over the past few weeks as it means so much to have our work rewarded in this way.”