TEIGNMOUTH’S traders and the town council worked together to produce a Traders and Business Best Dressed Window Competition that really lifted the festive spirit in the town.

The winner was Jan from Knit Bits. Jan and her wonderful window were announced winners at the light switch on.

Town councillor Cate Williams, chair of the Town Council’s Christmas Committee, said: ‘It was very well supported and our businesses and traders really took to the competition.

‘Keith and I will make it bigger and better for Christmas 2023.’

Keith Underhill, chair of Teignmouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: ‘The chamber decided, with the support of Teignmouth Town Council to instigate a “Light Up Your Town” Competition which encouraged all businesses in the town to decorate their windows in support.

‘We invited a completely independent judging panel to judge the displays, with the winner having the honour to turn on the Christmas Tree lights on Saturday, plus free membership of the Chamber for 2023 and a bottle of “Fizz”.’

The judges declared that KnitBits, a family run independent business of Wellington Street, were the winners.

They said that the display was subtle and registered the true meaning of Christmas.

‘Jan of KnitBits joined the mayor, Father Christmas and myself on the stage on Saturday night for the main event to switch on the Christmas tree lights.

‘The chamber would like to thank all of the businesses of Teignmouth for all their efforts in producing such truly exceptional displays.

‘It is envisage that the “Light up your Town” competition will become an annual event, but with more prizes for the runners up.

‘Teignmouth Town Council with the support of Teignmouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce produced a Christmas Event with all day entertainment, Santas Grotto, Scrooge, Market plus much, much more.

‘We look forward to a bigger and better event in 2023 because we’re stronger together.’

See Christmas lights special on pages 24 to 26