Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

December 20, 2005
Best Christmas lights competition winners are announced

The best-decorated shops and homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were unveiled this week when the results of the annual Christmas Lights Competition were announced.

Two judges from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council - Hilary Rose and Pat Burge - have been scoring the decorations to find the area's best festive lights.

Best decorated business in Burnham-On-SeaBest decorated shop in Burnham:

The winner of the best dressed shop in Burnham-On-Sea is Sentiments in the High Street, pictured right.

"This is a unique display of carols and festive items, which gives a bright picture overall throughout," said the judges.

Best decorated house in Burnham:

The winner of the best dressed house in Burnham is 3 Truro Close. The judges praised it, saying: "A complete Christmas event, not over the top, it includes santa, reindeer and a large written Merry Christmas wish. This was a unanimouse decision at first sight."

They have also given special mention to a two-bungalow event in Gielgood Close, plus the unique co-operation of the neighbours in Trinity Row where superb displays of lighting along the whole street can be seen.

Best decorated shop in Highbridge:

Winner of the best dressed shop window in Highbridge is the Highbridge DIY Shop in Market Street. The judges said "It has a great deal of detail crammed into a small window, giving a pleasurable display."

Best decorated house in Highbridge:

The winner of the best-decorated house in Highbridge is 4, Lobelia Close. There are reindeer, a Father Christmas, snowmen and a Christmas tree combined into bouncy castles. "A very fun and festive display," concluded the judges.

Overall judges' comments:

The judges passed on their verdict on the entries:
"Houses in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were very difficult to make a decision on because, once again, residents continue to rise to the spirit of the occasion."

"However, the decorations on shops and businesses in both towns is very disappointing. Although some shops in Burnham-On-Sea had dressed their windows with their own retail trade items, Christmas displays were not present in many windows."


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