Festive window display was really going places

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Many of Seaford’s shops took part in the recent Christmas Window Dressing competition.

It brought an abundance of tinsel and lights to the town, a great variety of festive decorations ... and something of a headache for the judges because the standard was so high.

The judging panel consisted of the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Mark Brown, the Mayor of Telscombe Cliffs, Cllr Wayne Botting, the Mayor of Peacehaven, Cllr Robbie Robertson, Dave Argent and Joe Fackler (Seaford Chamber of Commerce), Freeman of the Town Laurie Holland and President of the Seahaven Lionesses Brenda Gomersall.

When the panel cast its votes the results were close. The winners were revealed during Cllr Brown’s speech during the Seaford Christmas Magic event. Certificates were presented on the day to the winners by the Mayor.

First place was awarded to Premier Travel for their snow scene and baby deer featuring as part of the display. Second place went to Foam & Fabrics for its use of products and great hand-made crafts. In third place was Wynne’s, whose sleeping Santa Claus captured the attention of the judges.

Representatives of the winning businesses were invited to attend the Council Chambers on December 23 to receive their prizes, vouchers for their choice of restaurant in Seaford, which were presented to them by Cllr Brown.

He said, “We would like to thank all those who took part in the competition this year. It was great to see everyone getting into the festive spirit and trying their best. We believed it was appropriate that the prizes given to the winners should support local businesses. I look forward to seeing next year’s displays.”

Meanwhile, the Seaford Town Council offices will re-open on Monday, January 5, after the festive break.

In case of an emergency that requires urgent attention please contact 0790 8375 474.

Elsewhere, Seaford Community Cinema presents Pride (Cert 15) on Friday, January 9 (7.30pm), at The Barn Theatre in Saxon Lane.

It’s set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners.

But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a minibus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.seafordcinema.org or in person in advance at Seaford Tourist Information Centre. Prices are £5 for members, £6 for non-members (under-15s £3.50).