Cook250 ‘best dressed’ winners announced

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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

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

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 6 to 8 July 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.

The 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.

W Hamond won a Sutcliffe Gallery framed print of the town’s Captain Cook statue and four tickets to see James at Scarborough Open Air Theatre in August. Upstairs with Miss Kitty won a spa day for two with afternoon tea at Raithwaite Hall, Sandsend.

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council Corporate Marketing and Tourism Manager and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire said:

“It was fantastic to see some businesses in Whitby and Staithes getting into the spirit of Cook250 and taking great pride in their themed window displays and decorations, all of which added to the celebratory nature of the festival. Congratulations to the two winners and we hope they enjoy their well-deserved prizes!”

Pictures of winners: W Hamond of Whitby (left), Upstairs with Miss Kitty of Staithes (right)