Banchory Bangle goes on display

Mairi Bradford, left, and Emma Leiper Finlayson with the bangles. Picture: Michael Wachucik
Mairi Bradford, left, and Emma Leiper Finlayson with the bangles. Picture: Michael Wachucik

A renowned artist and engraver is celebrating 40 years of designing the Banchory Bangle to raise funds for a leading children’s charity.

Dr Malcolm Appleby has been hand engraving the prestigious bangle since the 1970s for Children 1st.

This year he has created an intricate design featuring a heron which will be raffled at the charity’s annual Touch of Tartan Ball next month.

Over the years the bangles have helped to raise more than £130,000 to support local children and young people who have suffered abuse, neglect and other traumatic childhood experiences, to recover.

The intricately hand-designed bangles are inspired by Dr Appleby’s first love, nature, and depict different wildlife images each year.

He said: “From childhood I was constantly enthralled by the wildlife around my suburban home which so enriched my upbringing.

“I love to pass this enthusiasm to our new generations of children.”

Last year’s otter themed jewellery pieces raised more than £11,000.

An appeal was issued in early spring by the artist asking for donations of gold from the public for this year’s nature-inspired bangle.

The unwanted jewellery was melted down and contributed to the cost of the elaborately designed pieces of jewellery which are currently being showcased at the Wee Boorachie in Banchory. 

Raffle tickets are £1 each and are available throughout Banchory, including Duncans of Banchory, Deeside Cleaners, and Taylors of Banchory, and at the Children 1st office in Aberdeen.

The winning ticket will be drawn Touch of Tartan Ball on Friday, November 18, at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom.