Monday, 27 September 2021

Jeweller takes crown in window display contest

A JEWELLER’S shop has won this year’s Henley regatta window display competition.

A JEWELLER’S shop has won this year’s Henley regatta window display competition.

Lawsons Goldsmiths in Duke Street was chosen out of a record 221 shops and other businesses that entered.

The theme of the competion was the Queen’s 90th birthday and entrants had to feature their business’s trade or profession and a crown.

The winning shop’s display included a papier-maché crown and an orb and sceptre.

Lucy Riveiros, who is a goldsmith at the shop, was responsible for the design and spent a week making and painting the papier-maché “jewels” to go on display in the window.

She said: “When I walked through town I saw the other shops had good ideas. Our shop is a jewellers so I thought this design would fit. I knew it had to have jewellery and feature the Queen.”

The shop received £125, the Perpetual Challenge Cup and a bottle of Prosecco.

Ms Riveiros, 30, who has worked in the store for six years, will now be a judge in next year’s competition, which is organised annually by Carolyn Molyneux, of Delegate Office Services in Hart Street.

This year’s judges were Henley Mayor Julian Brookes, town councillor David Eggleton and competition sponsors Hilary Champion, of financial advisors Milton Gordon & Co, and Richard Rodway, of the Head Partnership solicitors.

Councillor Brookes said: “All the entrants had spent so much time on their displays so we spent a few minutes at each one having a good look at it. There was a lot of attention to detail in the winning entry.”

Mr Rodway said: “The Lawsons entry was very creative and a lot of preparation had gone into it. It was a great competition and the entries make Henley look more special.”

The runner-up was Ferrett Antiques in Friday Street while third place went to Cannelle Beauty in Hart Street and fourth was Barbara Easton in Duke Street.

Councillor Eggleton said: “I think more people got involved this year because of the theme being the Queen’s birthday.”

Other businesses that entered included Frost Borneo, Hart Street; Cancer Research, Blue Cross, Laurence Menswear, Helen & Douglas House and Vinegar Hill, Duke Street; Steepal Kitchens & Bathrooms and Liz Felix Millinery, Reading Road; Feather & Black and Louise Claire Millinery, Market Place; Willow Dress Agency, Market Place Mews; Henley Pet Shop, The Bell Bookshop and Chiltern Watson, Bell Street; Asquith’s Teddy Bear Shop, New Street.

Meanwhile, pupils from two schools entered a separate competition to decorate the windows at the Tesco store, off Reading Road.

Children in the reception class at Sacred Heart Primary School painted portraits of Her Majesty while year four pupils at Valley Road Primary School mocked up images of themselves as postage stamps.

The schools were made joint winners.

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