The Banchory Bangle is back

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A renowned jeweller is once again appealing for donations of gold and silver to help make the famous Banchory Bangles.

Sir Malcolm Appleby has designed a new bangle every year since the 1970s for Deeside volunteers who raise funds for CHILDREN 1ST. Over the years the raffles have raised well over £130,000 for the leading children’s charity.

The winner is announced at the Touch of Tartan Ball. Last year Sir Malcolm’s bangles raised more than £10,000.

Caris Doig, chair of the Touch of Tartan committee, said: “People in the North east have hearts of gold. Every year they kindly donate items of jewellery and other pieces of gold and silver they no longer need so that Dr Appleby can turn them into works of art for the charity. Without these donations we wouldn’t be able to raise the funds CHILDREN 1ST needs to provide services for vulnerable children and families here and across Scotland.”

The highly sought-after bangles are intricately engraved, usually with images from nature. The Touch of Tartan Ball will take place this year on Friday, November 20, at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, and tickets for the bangle draw will be made available from June.

Donations of gold and silver can be handed into the Wee Boorachie, in Banchory where past copies of the bangles are on display. Alternatively, donations can be dropped in to the CHILDREN 1ST office at 36 Carden Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1UP.