THE winners of a photo competition to portray Kidderminster heritage have been announced.

Laurie Abraham, 52, of Spennells scooped first prize for her snap Ghost Signs of Kidderminster in the competition run by the Friends of the Carpet Museum Trust and Kidderminster Camera Club.

Budding Wyre Forest photographers were given four months to send in their entries, which will be displayed in an exhibition at the Museum of Carpet, Green Street, after it opens to the public on Saturday, October 20.

Miss Abraham won £100, with Steve Ficken of Kidderminster picking up £50 for second place with his entry Old and New and Duncan McCormack, also of Kidderminster, winning third prize for Window on Kidderminster.

The competition was judged by Shuttle editor Clive Joyce.

Miss Abraham said: “It is brilliant, I am over the moon about winning. I am very keen on photography and have been taking photos for years. I love everything about it and I take my camera everywhere with me.”

The winning photo showed signs around the town which are no longer in use against a backdrop of Mount Skipet – a key site in the birth of Kidderminster’s carpet industry.

“My uncle was telling me about various signs that had been fitted on buildings and I thought it would be a good idea to get all the ghost signs and put them into one,” added Miss Abraham.

“My friend drove me around Kidderminster and I looked at every single sign I could find. It will be nice to see the display in the carpet museum, it will be quite rewarding.”

Mr McCormack, the camera club’s competition secretary, said: “The entries were of very good standard.

“Some of them strayed from the conventional and it was very interesting to see how people portrayed Kidderminster heritage.

The winning photo is close to perfect as far as I am concerned – it is Kidderminster heritage in one photo.”

John Hopkins, a member of the Friends of the Carpet Museum, added: “We are looking forward to seeing them on display at the museum, I think it will be important for people to see them.”