By Evie-Rose Holden
HOMES and businesses across the community shone bright for the annual Saddleworth Christmas Illuminations competition.
The competition, run by Saddleworth Parish Council, sees judges pick out the best shop window, best pub, best community and best residential property.
Vice Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Barbara Beeley, The Chairman’s Lady Debbie Curley and the Clerk to the Council Pam Bailey spent a day travelling around the villages to views the entries.
Cllr Beeley pointed out the number of properties and businesses which had not entered the competition but which had gone to great lengths with their Christmas displays.
She said: “Had everyone entered we would have had a fantastic competition, although it would probably have taken us a whole week to get around them all and even longer to reach a decision on the winners!
“As ever the standard of entries was very high and our decision was not easy.”
All participants made eye-catching efforts, with the competition so close that twelve residential contenders were shortlisted, with the top prize going to Lynne Kovacs at Clayton’s Close, Springhead.
Best Community went to Light Up Denshaw for their bright array of lights and twinkling Christmas tree bringing festive spirit to the area.
Lush Hair Salon at Austerlands decorated their window with a beautiful winter wonderland and were delighted to clinch Best Shop for the first time in seven years of entering.
And The King William IV pub in Greenfield won Best Pub once more for its display including a Christmas tree, stars, presents and candy canes.
Prizes will be awarded at a presentation evening at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Wednesday, January 29.
Saddleworth Parish Council would like to thank all those who took part in the competition and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
|BEST SHOP WINDOW|
|Winner||Lush Hair Salon, Austerlands|
|Highly Commended||NK Hair Design, Uppermill|
|Commended||Saddleworth Ironing Services, Greenfield
Hair Experience, Greenfield
Pause a Second, Uppermill
The Cake Kitchen, Uppermill
|BEST PUB / LICENSED PREMISES|
|Winner||The King William IV, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield|
|Commended||Uppermill Conservative Club, High Street, Uppermill|
|Winner||Light Up Denshaw|
|Highly Commended||Clayton’s Close, Springhead|
|BEST RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY|
|Winner||Lynne Kovacs, Clayton’s Close, Springhead|
|Highly Commended||Trish & Peter Percival, Clayton’s Close, Springhead
John Hall, Clayton’s Close, Springhead
Gary Kershaw, Lower Fields, Dobcross
|Commended||Mr & Mrs Norcliffe, The Paddock, Greenfield
Peter Kealy, Woods Lane, Dobcross
Pauline & Phillip Brierley, Platt Lane, Dobcross
Ann Smith, Platt Lane, Dobcross
Tracey Buckley, The Old Butchers, Diggle
John & Baerbel Grayson, Huddersfield Road, Denshaw
Peter Wilkinson, Quick Road, Lydgate