St Margaret’s Hospice wins Kirkintilloch Canal Festival window dressing competition

Competition winners with Councillor Geekie
Competition winners with Councillor Geekie

The votes have been counted to find the business that most got into the spirit of this year’s Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

As part of the massively-popular event - which attracted more than 25,000 people to the town, traders across Kirkintilloch were asked to take part in a window dressing competition.

A total of 11 shops took up the challenge to give their window displays a suitably nautical flavour.

The winner was St Margaret’s Hospice shop who received a massive 228 votes for their display which included a life buoy – with staff dressing up in nautical clothing to complete the look.

All the shops were nominated by members of the public who voted in store, at the Community Hub or on the festival’s website, with over 900 votes being cast.

The Cancer Research shop was a close runner-up, receiving 214 nominations.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I’d like to thank all the shops who entered the competition, all the displays were superb. Asking traders to take part in a window dressing competition to be judged by the local community was something new for this year and it was a fantastic success.

“We wanted local businesses to benefit as much as possible from the additional footfall and they really all got into the spirit of the festival with interesting and fun windows.”

St Margaret’s Hospice shop manager Shona Wilson said: “We are all thrilled to bits to have won the competition, both at the shop and at the hospice.

“We all really enjoyed making the window display up and there was some stiff competition.”

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