Crewkerne’s businesses and local community showed great support for the window competitions, organised by the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion in aid of this year’s Poppy Appeal. Twenty nine of the town’s businesses with shop frontage took part in the Spot the Wartime Object competition, which was won by Claire Clear. The wartime objects ranged from photos, badges, books, models of military vehicles, toy soldiers, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia associated with either the First or Second World Wars. Claire’s prize valued at £75, is one-to-one tuition on decorating cakes with Viv Green of Viv’s Vision Cakes, who kindly donated the prize.

In the Best Dressed Window competition the Legion received 17 entries and declared Milly’s Antiques as the winner. Jo Paine, proprietor of the antiques shop in Victoria Mews was presented with the winners shield and a bottle of prosecco to celebrate her success, by Crewkerne Branch of the RBL chairman Tony Samuel and vice-chairman Tony Smith. Crewkerne Branch secretary Alice Samuel said: “We visited the town’s businesses to see who would like to participate before the lockdown and were amazed at the response, especially during a difficult time when there was lots of other things for businesses to think about. We would like to thank the town of Crewkerne for being so co-operative. Charities have really suffered this year and we at the Legion have struggled but kept going the best we could. The judges found it difficult to make their decision but decided on Milly’s Antiques as the winner of the Best Dressed Window 2020. Congratulations Jo.”

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, which will be celebrated with a centenary theme for the window competitions and coincide with the Poppy Appeal 2021 and Remembrance commemorations and services in the town.

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