Cook250 ‘best dressed’ business winners

Whitby winner W Hamond
Whitby winner W Hamond

Winners of a competition held to find the best dressed businesses during Cook250 festival have been announced.

Original Whitby Jet Store, W Hamond, was crowned best dressed business in Whitby and the Staithes accolade was awarded to Upstairs with Miss Kitty, retailer of seaside style.

Staithes winner, Christie Rodgers, owner of Upstairs with Miss Kitty

Staithes winner, Christie Rodgers, owner of Upstairs with Miss Kitty

Businesses were encouraged to get into the spirit of the Cook250 celebrations by using a Captain Cook theme and their imaginations to dress up their shop fronts and window displays for the festival, which took place from July 6 to 8 in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition to the South Seas.

The competition entries were judged by Colin Pyrah OBE, Scarborough Borough Council Tourism and Corporate Marketing Manager and Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director,

Janet Deacon, and the owner of Whitby’s Sutcliffe Gallery, Mike Shaw.

Judges felt that W Hamond and Upstairs with Miss Kitty excelled in the criteria of quality, imagination, colour and how closely they incorporated the Captain Cook theme into the presentation of the goods they sell.

Pictured: Whitby winner, W Hamond, l-r: Mike Shaw, Sutcliffe Gallery owner, Rebecca Tucker, jeweller and curator from the Museum of Whitby Jet, Colin Pyrah OBE, Cook 250 Steering Group. Staithes winner, Christie Rodgers, owner of Upstairs with Miss Kitty.