16 Jun 2022

Right royal welcome for shoppers

Shops and businesses across the Island made sure shoppers received a right royal welcome in the run-up to the four-day Jubilee celebrations. 

In Newport, the chairman of the Isle of Wight Council and her family were invited to take a stroll around the town to pick out some of their favourite window displays, fit for a Queen. 
From cardboard cut-outs to hand painted designs and glittering crowns, Councillor Claire Critchison said great imagination was shown in decorating windows for residents and visitors to enjoy.
She said: "It was great to see so many shops and businesses get into the spirit of things with some really fabulous eye-catching displays. There were so many amazing efforts and we had a lot of fun looking at them all."
Her top ten wow-factor windows were (in no particular order):
• Hose Rhodes Dickson;
• Pets With Hart;
• Hurst;
• Cafe Isola;
• Independent Arts;
• Dragonfly;
• Master of Disguise;
• Random second hand items;
• Love Running;
• British Heart Foundation.
There was also special recognition for:
• Random second hand items — most fun; 
• Cafe Isola — best red, white and blue;
• Dragonfly — Platinum Award;
• British Heart Foundation — overall favourite.
Councillor Critchison added: "The overall effort of the British Heart Foundation display, with the beautiful tea party and red, white and blue items on display, as well as staff dressed up, was a perfect way to show off for the Jubilee.
"It stood out as special to all of the family."
A similar tour of the town's decorated shop windows was organised for the then council chairman for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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Councillor Claire Critchison, Isle of Wight Council chairman
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  • The chairman of the Isle of Wight Council was invited to take a stroll around the town to pick out some of her favourite Jubilee window displays.
  • Councillor Claire Critchison said great imagination was shown in decorating windows for residents and visitors to enjoy.
 
Isle of Wight, UK