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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Festive fancies win best dressed plaudit for Barrow market stall

BUSINESSES in Barrow Indoor Market have been recognsied for pulling out all the stops to decorate their pitches for Christmas.

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THRILLED Kelly McMillan, Gwendolen McMillan, owner Owain McMillan, Linda McMillan and Damien Timlin with the Frank Baker Memorial Trophy, awarded for their Christmas decorations at Daddy's Cafe in Barrow Indoor Market

But special praise has been reserved for a husband and wife team who have taken the overall prize for best dressed stall. Linda and Owain Miln, who run Daddy’s Cafe, were presented with the Frank Baker Memorial Trophy.

The couple, who took over the eatery in November 2007, also own the adjacent Fruit and Veg Stop. A delighted Mrs Miln, of Cheltenham Street, Barrow, originally from Ireland, said: “We decorate the stall every year. We usually try and get it done before they turn on the Christmas lights and we spend all day in here decorating the cafe and the fruit and veg stall. We’ve won a couple of awards in the past – most welcoming, winter wonderland and something else. So when Ann (Taylforth, Barrow Borough Council town centre manager) knocked on the door and said ‘have you got a minute?’ I thought we’d won another small award. But it was nice to be told we had won the overall prize because we did put a lot of effort in.”

Michael Nicholson, president of the National Market Traders Federation and the mayor of Barrow, Councillor Colin Thomson, and his wife Brenda judged the stalls.

Barrow Borough Council, in association with the NMTF, organised the competition and many of the stallholders on the market entered into the spirit of the season and decorated their stalls. All winners received prize money sponsored by the council.

Mr Nicholson said: “It was a privilege to be asked to attend the judging of the Christmas displays. The standard of entry was extremely high and the judging this year was more difficult than ever. The market offers everything that the Christmas shopper could ever want.”

The other winners were: Christmas Gifts – Harts the Jewellers; Spirit of Christmas – N & S Rhodes Butchers, runners-up Oldfields Butchers; Most Welcoming – Andrea’s Accessories (Andrea Scraggs); Christmas is for Children – Sweetie Bagz (Karen Edmondson); Winter Wonderland – Spirit Tattoos (Darren Turner).

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