12:29PM, Thursday 05 May 2016
The best patriotic window displays around the town were celebrated on Tuesday.
It was a difficult choice for judges to choose from more than 20 businesses in Windsor and Eton that took part in a window display competition.
The windows were decorated to honour the Queen’s 90th birthday and judged by Windsor and Eton town manager Paul Roach, Zoe Vinden of the Windsor Horse Show and Sue Watts from the chamber of commerce.
The lucky winners were announced by Zoe and Paul on Tuesday outside Windsor Guildhall.
There were three categories with Royal Windsor Horse Show tickets for the winners.
Winner of the best retailer was Robert Dyas, best restaurant was won by Creams and the Macdonald Hotel won in the ‘other’ category.
Senior concierge Robert Cary at the hotel in the High Street was there to pick up the certificate.
He said: “We always put in the effort so it is great to be recognised.”
Visual merchandiser for Robert Dyas, Janine Tanner, was the brains behind the Peascod Street window display.
She said she worked with staff with ‘ideas flying around’ at the Windsor shop.
“It was a team effort and we took guidance from the store about what was going on in the town centre.
“The window has a tea party, street party feel to it incorporating our own products.”
Janine was joined by shop supervisor Denise Mills and assistant manager Marie Sayers.
Highly recommended windows were also awarded certificates and included Daniel Department Store, So Chic and The Gallery at Ice.
Zen Bahar, a sales associate at interior design company So Chic in Peascod Street, put together the window with colleague Hazel Calderwood.
Her mum Mena Bahar runs a cake company and baked an impressive creation as part of the window display.
Zen said: “We put in so much effort, I was having dreams about the Queen.
“It made us feel really patriotic, everyone was taking pictures of the display.”
Paul Roach said it was a ‘tough job’ to judge the entries.
He said: “This has been one of our most popular window display competitions. It has been great to see all the windows.
“Some of them have been absolutely brilliant - some very creative stuff.”
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