SHOP owners in Portrush have been rewarded for their creativity in helping to celebrate the Irish Open.
To celebrate the championship being played at Royal Portrush recently, Coleraine Borough Council organised a window competition, with many of the businesses entering into the spirit of the occasion.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board brand ‘Our Time, Our Place, Irish Open 2012’ was the vibrant message proudly displayed on several shop frontages in Portrush in recent weeks.
Fifteen imaginative entries were received from a cross section of local businesses.
Irish Open fever was not restricted to Portrush with a few traders in Coleraine and Portstewart also joining in. The Big Telly Theatre Company was centre stage on Portstewart’s promenade with the celebratory theme ‘Our Time to Tee Off’.
The winning entries were the Malawi Mercy Group charity shop at 57A Eglington St, Portrush who won Irish Open hospitality tickets for two people.
Second prize was awarded to Memento, 4 Causeway Street, Portrush who won two season tickets for the championships.
The prizes were sponsored by The European Tour and generated great interest and support.
Council was delighted with the number of entries which took part and the creativity and response to the nominated themes.