Nearly 100 Denbighshire businesses participated in Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s annual St David’s Day shop window competition.

Celebrating the patron saint of Wales, Gŵyl Ddewi, in shop windows across Ruthin, Denbigh, Llangollen, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan gives businesses the opportunity to engage with customers and give due status to the national event.

“We are delighted, yet again, this year to see so many businesses realising the positive commercial value the Welsh language and its culture has on their businesses,” explains Iorwen Jones, Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych.

“Organising this event shows our support, as Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych, to local independent businesses still reeling from a challenging two years on our towns’ numerous high streets.

“We thank each and every one of the 100 or so businesses who engaged with us, and showcased some wonderful Welsh creativity, products and colour in their shop windows this year. It’s great to see so many businesses wanting to promote their Welshness within our Denbighshire towns.”

The charity, Menter Iaith, is grateful for all the support of its partners, as they work to promote the use of the Welsh language in every day life. This year Town Councils at Ruthin, Denbigh, Llangollen, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan were all partners who supported the activities within their respective towns.

The Towns’ Mayors and Consorts judged the decorated windows on all five high streets with prizes given to the top three businesses from each town. Judging took into account creativity, use of the Welsh language, and references to St David and Welsh culture.

Results:

Ruthin

1. Siop Elfair

2. Jeff Jones

3. Jazz

Rhuddlan

1. Cheesemonger

2. Hazel Court

3. LL Estates

Llangollen

1. River Bank

2. Lilly Rose

3. Tenovus

Prestatyn

1. The Sewing Rooms

2. Twisted Tree

3. Play Party Create

Denbigh

1. Sant Cyndeyrn

2. Cydradd = The Glass Onion & Reebies

3. Tony Griffiths

Iorwen added “Menter Iaith would like to thank all businesses who donated a prize towards this special competition, and thanks again to the Town Councils for their ongoing support. Diolch yn fawr.”

Photographs of all participating Windows can be seen on Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s Facebook page. For more information on Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych’s work, please contact Ruth on 01745 812822 or email menter@misirddinbych.cymru