A SHOPKEEPER has won the Henley Christmas front window display competition at the third time of trying.
Samantha Dixon, who owns the Kiln Ceramic Café in Reading Road, had entered the contest twice before.
The theme of this year?s competition was ?The Henley Advent calendar?.
Mrs Dixon?s display comprised her own stock of Christmas plates and ornaments, each one with a number tag from 1 to 24. gold and green present boxes, a reindeer and a Mars chocolate advent calendar that all the entrants had to include.
Mrs Dixon, 31, who has run the shop for more than seven years, said: ?This was the first time I had really put effort into it.
?I had an advent tree at home, so when I saw the advent theme for the competition I thought that would be perfect for it. I always try to use my own designs in any displays we do but I didn?t think I would win so I was really shocked when they told me.
?I?m excited to take my turn at judging next year because I?ve never done something like that.?
Mrs Dixon won the the Perpetual Challenge Cup and a cheque for £125.
Rudi Kartal hairdressers in Duke Street was second and won £100 while third place went to the Henley Pet Shop in Bell Street (£75) and fourth to the White Gdn florist in Hart Street (£50). Carolyn Molyneaux, of office services company Delegate, which organises the competition, gave champagne to all four.
The competition was judged by Mayor Lorraine Hillier, fellow town councillor David Eggleton, last year?s winner Stephanie Herbert, who dressed the window at the Cancer Research UK in Duke Street, and sponsors Caleb Southwell, of IBS Office Solutions, and Hilary Champion, of financial advisors Milton Gordon & Co.
The Head Partnership solicitors were also sponsors.