Locals flock to antiques show

Around 500 people flocked to Castle Forbes at Keig, near Alford, on Sunday, to enjoy the fine weather and get their antiques valued.

The Antiques Country Show was organised by the Friends of Insch Hospital and Community as part of their ongoing programme of events, aiming to fund a replacement health facility in the village.

It was hosted courtesy of the Forbes family, at Castle Forbes, in the beautiful surroundings of the castle grounds, and almost £4,000 was raised.

A variety of local stallholders took part, including Insch Connection Museum who featured a display of historical information about Insch Hospital.

Afternoon teas were served in the marquees, with visitors listening to the Keith Silver Band and a local piper.

Bonhams of Edinburgh sent four specialists to carry out valuations - 120 time slots in total - booked up by 3pm. The Friends were amazed at the number of people bringing items.

Ian Glennie studied Asian Art and European ceramics and glass; Clare Blatherwick was the expert on jewellery and silver; Sarah Walsh on pictures and Andrew Robb looked at arms and armour and works of art (i.e. clocks, bronzes, boxes, instruments, metalwares etc.)

Bonhams were delighted with the turnout and great variety of items brought to the event - from very small silver items to large pieces of furniture.

Jane Reid,, of the Friends said: “This was one of our more ambitous events, instigated by Marjorie Mitchell, one of our long-standing members and supporters, and we were very relieved that the weather was extremely kind to us and made the event the success it was.

“It was a great team effort from the committee as well as calling in willing help from so many other people.”

The next Friends’ event will be the Strawberry Fair on Sunday 10 June.

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