The quality of Durham City’s high street has been recognised through an annual awards scheme.

Shops, restaurants, cafes and bars have been celebrated through the Durham City Retail Awards, organised by Durham County Council in partnership with Prince Bishops Shopping Centre.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, see members of the public invited to nominate their favourite shops, and to highlight the staff who make them so special.

A short list for each category is drawn up, with the top six in each category then subject to a ‘mystery shop.’

The store which gets the highest points score from the mystery shopper in each category wins.

At a ceremony at Ramside Hall Hotel on Wednesday night, the awards were handed out with Bell’s Fish Restaurant crowned Overall Retailer of the Year having triumphed in the Restaurant of the Year category.

The full list of winners was as follows:

Window of the Year – Scorpio Shoes

Retail Experience of the Year – Toni & Guy

Market Trader of the Year – Toy & Computer Stall

Café of the Year – Ciao Ciao

Small Retailer of the Year – Miracles Hair and Beauty

Restaurant of the Year – Bell’s Fish Restaurant

Independent Retailer of the Year – Moon Jewellery

Bar of the Year – The Court Inn

Retail Person of the Year – Wendy Buttleman, manager, Toni & Guy

Large Retailer of the Year – Specsavers

Overall Retailer of the Year – Bell’s Fish Restaurant

Carol Feenan, Durham County Council’s Durham City Centre Manager, said: “These awards celebrate the great range of retail outlets we have in the city centre, the brilliant staff which work in them and the great customer experience they provide.

“Evenings like this give us the opportunity to congratulate and thank everyone involved in making Durham City a fantastic place to shop. Without them, our city would not be the excellent visitor destination it undoubtedly is.”