Kelso traders kick off Christmas in style with festive windows displays

Winner of the best decorated Christmas window display in Kelso, The Horseshoe Gallery given by the Kelso Chamber of Trade. Pictured are Joe and Vi Stirling.
Winner of the best decorated Christmas window display in Kelso, The Horseshoe Gallery given by the Kelso Chamber of Trade. Pictured are Joe and Vi Stirling.
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FESTIVE flair is in abundance in Kelso thanks to the town’s cheery retail retinue, writes Fiona Scott.

Once again the Chamber of Trade’s Christmas window dressing competition has produced a glittering display of frontages to warm the hearts of frozen shoppers.

Runner-up for the third year running, of the best decorated Christmas window display in Kelso, The Darling Buds florist in Woodmarket, given by the Kelso Chamber of Trade. Pauline Todd in photo.

Runner-up for the third year running, of the best decorated Christmas window display in Kelso, The Darling Buds florist in Woodmarket, given by the Kelso Chamber of Trade. Pauline Todd in photo.

And on Monday Southern Reporter photographer Stuart Cobley selected The Horseshoe Gallery in the town’s Horsemarket as the 2010 winner.

Owner Vi Stirling and assistant manager Sheila Laing, pictured above, accepted the award and were quick to share the plaudits with helpers Irene Dixon and Marjory Kellet.

Vi told us: “It’s a big job as we have four windows to dress, but we love doing it. It brightens everyone up and our motto in the shop has now become ‘if 
it stands still for longer than five minutes put a bow on it’.”

Stuart commented: “It was great to see the amount of effort that the Kelso traders put into dressing their windows. Considering the current weather conditions 
it really cheers people up when they are out and about doing their Christmas shopping.

“For me The Horseshoe Gallery window really stood out and definitely summed up the Christmas spirit.”

Runner-up in the competition for the third consecutive year was the Darling Buds florist in Woodmarket, with florist Pauline Todd, above 
right, collecting the award.