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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The second annual Boston Borough Council Christmas shop window competition attracted a much bigger entry this year.

A team of four judges toured the town armed with clipboards and marking sheets to award points to all entries.

The charity shop category winner was Butterfly Hospice Trust, second was St Barnabas and third Centrepoint.

Lovelace Flowers won the local independent category with Paddy's second and Regency third.

In the national and chain category the winner was Oldrids, followed by Specsavers and Halifax.

The winners of the Charity and the Local/Independent categories did the double - both were also last year's winners.

As well as a trophy and a certificate, the winners are awarded £100 to be donated to the charity of their choice

Those in second place also receive a certificate.

Judge Cllr Paul Skinner, Boston Borough Council's town centre portfolio holder, said: "It was good to see businesses making the most of their shop fronts - making this sort of effort shows support for the town."

Cllr Claire Rylott, leisure services portfolio holder and another judge, said: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Boston town centre. Well done to all those who entered, helping give a real festive feel."

Other judges were Jenny Elwick, from the Boston Area Chamber of Commerce Boston Town Team, and Stephanie Beecher, Boston Borough Council's festival and events officer.

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Judges, from left, Jenny Elwick, Cllr Claire Rylott, Stephanie Beecher and Cllr Paul Skinner at one of the two windows of Harmony Music in West Street