BUSINESS operators in Newton Abbot have been praised for their coronation creativity.
Shop and office windows across town are starting to sport an array of red, white and blue adornments in celebration of the forthcoming crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Saturday May 6.
In Austins the main tableau captures a garden party atmosphere while at Bill Opticians a hand-crocheted crown takes centre stage.
And having witnessed the first displays taking shape, Town Development Manager Sally Henley has decided to stage a lighthearted competition to see whose royal display takes the honours.
‘I’m always impressed with our shop and business windows in Newton Abbot, we’ve a lot of creativity in town,’ she said.
‘This is abundantly clear as we approach the coronation with some great displays emerging after the wonderful Easter windows we had.
‘I do encourage people to take a look, perhaps like their favourites on social media using #newtonabbot and posting a photo.
‘Alongside the ‘people’s vote’ we’ll also have our Mayor, Cllr Carol Bunday, judging the windows and offering a small prize for her favourite.
‘We look forward to seeing everyone’s efforts and announcing the winner on May 5.’
Sally is creating a special category for charity shops as they often sell items displayed in the window and need to change the contents daily.
‘It was important that we recognised charity shops’ needs,’ she said.
‘They really do put on a good display and their stores are a big draw for shoppers who love to grab a preloved bargain.’
Newton Abbot Town Council has published its coronation events programme, available at www.newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk and Facebook page
It includes live music in Courtenay Street 9am – 3pm on Saturday May 6, balloon modelling and character walkabouts.
On Sunday May 7 Party in the Park will take place in Courtenay Park from 12 noon – 4pm with a band concert, cocktail bar and ice cream vendow, craft activities, giveaways, magical bubbles, face painting and balloons.
From May 2 – May 6 St Leonard’s Clock Tower will be open for ‘Coronation selfies’ and signing the book of congratulations 11am – 1pm.
All events are provided free of charge, excluding refreshments.
‘We know Newton Abbot is streets ahead of the web and never more so when it comes to great community get togethers such as the Coronation,’ said Sally.
The above image shows Austins Sales Supervisor Leilah Henson (left) and Fashion Manager Julie King who created the display. ’It took quite a few hours and we had some problems such as forgetting to put the bunting up but we got it sorted and it’s worked out well in the end,’ said Julie.
The below image shows Barney White at Bill Optician where Manager Fran Hughes made the knitted crown. ‘I’d very much encourage other businesses to dress their windows, it will look fantastic,’ said Barney.
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