Purple Faye’s Pontefract Yorkshire Day judging adventure

Last Monday, 1st August 2016, was Yorkshire Day and Pontefract, West Yorskhire, had a number of events on to celebrate.

Some of the local businesses decorated their window displays with a Yorkshire theme and the Chair of the Pontefract Civic Society, Paul Cartwright, very kindly invited me along to help pick which was the best.

Along with Councillor David Jones we spent about an hour or so looking at them all, just about managing to avoid the rain that descended, and decided on a winner and a runner up.

Here are some pictures that Paul and David took of the displays and the winner/runner up getting their certificates.


Here’s what Paul had to say on the Pontefract Civic Society facebook page

“The civic society announced in May that after the success of the Christmas shop window displays, we’d give it a go again in an effort to promote the town and business. The interest was a little lower than Christmas, so today we had 8 windows to judge, and our Chair, Paul Cartwright was joined by Cllr David Jones Deputy Regen/Business Portfolio, and Purple Faye, a local artist with a studio on Finkle Street. We had a good hour wandering around the town, dodging the shower stopping off at Brosgill Opticians, Airedale Computers, Pontefract Library, Belles (now Olives), Pomfret Gallery, Wilson’s Pies, Top Mark Suit Hire, and finally Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors

All registered entrants are thanked for their efforts, with the real creativity being displayed at Pomfret Gallery with a framed castle of Pontefract Cakes, and we then had a similar theme of the very best of Yorkshire at Belles and Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors. So, the judges decision then became final!

We were pleased to award a Runner Up Certificate and some small gifts to Helen, the new owner at Belles (or Olives as it will soon be rebranded. The judges felt that the window looked great with Yorkshire Tea and other food produce, together with gardening themes, Yorkshire bunting, and Yorkshire Life Magazine as part of the display.

Our winning shop window for today was awarded to Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors, where Karen Morley was thrilled to receive her certificate and goodies from Pontefract Civic Society The judges noted a plethora of Yorkshire themes from a tweed jacket, to dogs, tea, liquorice all sorts, Yorkshire bunting, and it was then the sporting collection which swung the judges, through the inclusion of rugby and cricket.

Karen would also like to thank Tordoff’s and Signature for providing some of the display material.

Thanks also to David Jones Photography”

Here’s a video of the day by BBC Radio Leeds:



I was really flattered to be asked to help out, walking around seeing all the lovely displays that people had taken the time to make and talking to Paul and David about matters to do with Pontefract was an enjoyable experience and made me feel more a part of the town and community.

I look forward to seeing the festive displays at Christmas.


Till next time.

Take care,

Purple Faye x


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