No pane, no gain for window dresser

5/7/2011'Aime Cahill, seven, sets up her prize-winning window display at Grace and Sons, Tring, watched by her brother Louie Cahill, five, and dad Paul.
5/7/2011'Aime Cahill, seven, sets up her prize-winning window display at Grace and Sons, Tring, watched by her brother Louie Cahill, five, and dad Paul.

IT was no pane, no gain for this young star glazier after winning a hardware store’s window display competition.

Year 3 pupil Amie Cahill, who attends Grove Road School in Tring, designed the window show for Grace Hardware.

Shop assistant Sam Abson said: “It was very colourful and used products we sold in the shop and she put a lot of thought into it.”

Amie’s design was in the shop window for a week, after the competition was run to celebrate the shop’s 120th birthday. It had around 15 entrants.

Sam said: “We were very pleased we got entries and they were all very good.”

To celebrate the anniversary, the store has been holding a range of special offers for its customers.

On Saturday, the shop held its big celebration with birthday cake and wine. The 120th paying customer received a £50 voucher to spend in store.

Sam said: “We have had two window displays. In the other we have a few articles and artefacts from throughout the years of Grace history. Lots of people have been looking at them and coming in to ask about the history of the shop.”

The High Street business was set up in 1891 by Gilbert Grace and has passed through four generations of the family.

His great-grandson, also called Gilbert, still runs the business at the age of 74 in partnership with P aul Morris.