St David’s Day: Welsh pride on display in Shotton’s best-dressed window contest
To celebrate St. David’s Day, the annual best-dressed window competition has filled shops in Shotton with vibrant colours and cultural displays.
Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, an organisation that promotes the Welsh language, organised the competition, encouraging businesses to decorate their windows with Welsh-themed items.
The competition also promoted Welsh culture by encouraging businesses to offer Welsh-themed menus, create bilingual signs and menus, and have staff wear daffodils or leeks.
Welsh-speaking staff could wear orange “Working Welsh” badges, and businesses could access free Welsh translation services through Helo Blod.
The Clothes Place won the top prize for its creative use of the Welsh language and incorporation of Welsh colours throughout the shop, including the shelf displays.
Peridot Academy was second for its hand-painted windows, while Prima Barber Lina was third for their artistic and detailed display.
Shotton Town Council town congratulated the winners and thanked everyone who took part in the competition.
The council has been running the window competition for several years and continues to expand St. David’s day activities in the town.
Cllr Gary Cooper, the Shotton Town Council Chair, expressed delight in the businesses’ efforts and said:
“This year’s entries were amazing and many of the businesses excelled at the use of Welsh and incorporating the Welsh colours.”
“Thanks to Corner Kitchen, Jackson’s Animal Rescue, Peridot Academy, Best of the Bunch, The Clothes Place, Cancer Research, KK’s Hair, Prima Barber Lina & the Turkish Barbers for your hard work.”
“Thank you also to Menter Iaith for organising the competition and for providing the certificates and plaque.”
The council has recently increased its use of social media to build relationships with businesses and the community in Shotton.
A Shotton Town Council spokesperson said, “We welcome any engagement with the businesses and the community and have recently visited the businesses to develop a mailing list to keep the town updated with any correspondence and news from the town council.”
Cllr Cooper is hoping to attend Hollybank Care home as the children of Ysgol Ty Ffynnon sing there. Children from Ysgol Croes Atti Shotton will also be singing on Shotton High Street Friday morning, adding a sweet note to the St. David’s Day celebrations this week.
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