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Star Kaye picks glass act as the winner in West End Christmas window competition

By Ian Marland at

BBC Radio Scotland phone-in host Kaye Adams has crowned the winner of a special West End Christmas competition.

The star of TV’s Loose Women was invited to judge the best-dressed window among participating shops and businesses in the Yorkhill, Finnieston and Kelvingrove areas.

Winner: Kaye Adams pictured with dog Bea and Jehad Hatu chose Grunting Growler because of its clever use of materials.

Winner: Kaye Adams pictured with her dog Bea and Jehad Hatu, owner of winning business Grunting Growler.

And her choice was beer store Grunting Growler on Old Dumbarton Road, which made use of beer bottles to form a spectacular Christmas tree display.

Kaye – a West End resident herself – said she was delighted to help pick the winner in the inaugural competition.

Bottles: Beer store Grunting Growler on Old Dumbarton Road was the eventual winner.

Bottles: Beer store Grunting Growler on Old Dumbarton Road was the eventual winner.

She told Glasgow West End Today: “It was a tough competition and a lot of shops and businesses made a tremendous effort.

“But I thought Grunting Growler brought some real imagination to the process and made clever use of materials to put on a show.”


Watch: See how Jehad Hatu owner of craft beer shop Grunting Growler brightened up his window.

Kaye added: “I thought it was a great idea to dress up the area for Christmas and I’m pleased so many businesses took the time to take part.

“Well done Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council for coming up with the idea and brightening up the shopping experience for people in this part of the West End.”

Corner: The Drugstore brought a smile to Yorkhill with its display.

Corner: The Drugstore brought a smile to Yorkhill with its display. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Colour: Dukes Bar on Old Dumbarton Road was a contender.

Colour: Dukes Bar on Old Dumbarton Road was a contender. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Lee Grant, secretary of Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council, said he was delighted with the response to the competition.

“We had 15 shops, cafes and bars that took part and entered into the spirit of the season.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Kaye for taking time out to judge the entries.

“I think the displays have really made a difference to the experience of shoppers in the area.”

Vision: Eyewear retailer Iolla on Argyle Street went for the elegant look.

Vision: Eyewear retailer Iolla on Argyle Street went for the elegant look. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Showroom: Finnieston's Peugeot garage proved a real eye-catcher.

Showroom: Finnieston’s Peugeot garage proved a real eye-catcher.Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Lee added: “I think this is something we will look to repeat in the years ahead.

“It has also allowed us to raise money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, formerly based at Yorkhill.”

Jehad Hatu, owner of craft beer store Grunting Growler, said he was thrilled his shops had been chasen as best-dressed window.

Poster boys: The Print Box in Argyle Street chose a startling design for its window.

Poster boys: The Print Box in Argyle Street chose a startling design for its window. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

A special winner’s medal is now taking pride of place in store.

Jehad said: “I thought the competition was a great idea to brighten up the area, and I’m delighted to have won.

“We thought using green beer bottles to make a Christmas tree was a simple approach – and it proved effective.”

Cut above: Barbers Rebel Rebel on Aryle Street was all style with its display.

Cut above: Barbers Rebel Rebel on Argyle Street was all style with its display. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Hearty: Eaterie Roast on Argyle Street offered up a heart-warmig sight for shoppers.

Hearty: Eaterie Roast on Argyle Street offered up a heart-warming sight for shoppers. Photograph: Miguel Aulet.

Traders entered in to the spirit of the season by dressing up their windows to add a bit of sparkle to the streets.

They also hosted a Lego Super Heroes trail that allowed children to win tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival at the SECC this Christmas.

Those businesses that took part included Roast, Iolla, The Print Box, Rebel Rebel, The Drugstore, Dukes Bar and Peugeot.