A competition to find the best festive decorations in Swanage has proved a tricky task, as many residents went to astonishing lengths to create dazzling displays to banish the winter gloom.
Organised annually by Swanage Chamber of Trade, the judges were looking for the best Christmas windows and gardens.
After much deliberation it was decided to award the first prize in the residential category to three joint winners.
This impressive winner at 34 Ulwell Road also includes Christmas music
First prize winners
- 34 Ulwell Road
- 5 Battlemead
- Marine Court, Hoburne Road
“Displays that lighten the hearts of everyone walking past.”
Anne Rothery from Swanage’s Chamber of Trade said:
“We couldn’t choose between the three main winners in the residential category – they have all gone to great effort to create displays that lighten the hearts of everyone walking past.”
A carefully curated and attention grabbing display at 5 Battlemead was a winner
Highly commended certificates were also awarded to the runners up
- Mellstock, Priests Road
- 71 Ulwell Road
- 18 Linden Road
- 10 Bell Street
- St Mark’s Cottage, Bell Street
- 31 Bell Street
- 32A, 30 A and B Bell street
- 93 Priest Road
- 128 Priest Road
- 1A Hill View
- 14 Court Hill
- 9 Court Hill
- Summerlands Worth Matravers
Every inch of this garden was used to great effect in this unmissable display at Mariner’s Court in Hoburne Road
Winner best flat or place without a front garden
First prize to 8 Birley Hall, with a highly commended awarded to 7 The Aspens in Northbrook Road.
The judges said they were particularly impressed by the winners who had handcrafted their decorations.
Winner best street
The award for the best street went to Brickyard Close at Purbeck View School, with a highly commended awarded to Linden Road.
The residents in Linden Road scooped a highly commended in the best road category with huge light displays at one end to more low key twinkly lit porches at the other end of the road
“Gone the extra mile to give us all something to smile about“
“There are so many houses and flats who have gone the extra mile to give us all something to smile about. Why not take a walk round town with your families and friends and see the magnificent shop window displays as well as some of our winners of the best home category.
“It’s been another difficult year and we at the Chamber of Trade would like to thank the people of Swanage for making the town a brighter place and for supporting our marvellous local and independent businesses.”
Certificates and prizes can be collected from the shop, Amber Bay in Institute Road in Swanage