'Absolutely wonderful' Five Gold Rings ends in delight for lucky Weston-super-Mare winners
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 December 2017
A whopping £1,000 was handed out on the eve of Christmas, marking the end of the Mercury's 'delightful' festive giveaway.
The Five Gold Rings competition drew to a close on December 21, with two lucky winners walking away with the perfect Christmas gift after shopping in Weston town centre.
Juliette Weaver and Bernie Parrott were the last two people to get their hands on a £500 voucher for high-quality independent jeweller Caboodle in Meadow Street.
Five £500 vouchers were handed out through the competition, which was run across the four late-night shopping events in conjunction with Weston Business Improvement District.
Juliette, who was settling down for a bite to eat with her husband Brad when her phone rang informing her she had won, told the Mercury she was ‘delighted’ to receive the prize.
She said: “It’s fantastic, we’re really surprised. We were about to have some food with friends at Loves Café, but then we got the phone call and I nearly didn’t answer it, but thankfully I did and we dashed over.
“It’s really exciting, Brad would like a watch and I think I may get a ring or a necklace.”
A large crowd watched on in the Sovereign Shopping Centre as the final winner from this year’s competition was drawn. And Bernie Parrott, after beating the clock, got her hands on the coveted voucher.
She said: “I had a mad dash to get here and made it with one minute to spare. I can’t believe it.
“It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful. It couldn’t have come at a better time, I’ve been quite low lately but this is really good. It’s made my Christmas.”
Caboodle owner Steve Finch said Five Gold Rings has been a ‘fantastic success’.
He said: “What a great way to finish. We had two lovely winners again this week, with one lady making a mad dash and getting here just in time.
“I’m really delighted with how it’s gone this year, everybody is supporting the local community on Thursday nights and that’s what it’s all about.
“If we’ve helped bring people into town, then that’s what it’s all about.
“It’s been wonderful, so many delighted people have come in. We’ve fed off the buzz of people coming in and talking to us about the competition. It’s been uplifting.”