MSP welcomes re-opening of The Smiddy

Stewart Stevenson MSP gets hands-on at The Smiddy
Stewart Stevenson MSP gets hands-on at The Smiddy

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the re-opening of The Smiddy in Banff.

The Smiddy, run by Glasgow-based arts company, Vanilla Ink, is a centre of excellence for silversmithing and jewellery.

The MSP said it was "wonderful to see the art and craftsmanship of silversmithing back in Banff again"

The MSP said it was "wonderful to see the art and craftsmanship of silversmithing back in Banff again"

For a period of 200 years up until the 1880s 24 different silversmiths based themselves in the town.

Banff silver had its own assay mark and has become a collectable and worth a significant amount of money.

The refurbishment of The Smiddy was part of a wider regeneration effort to revitalise Banff and Macduff.

It was a partnership project with The Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council, the North Aberdeenshire Leader Programme and Banff Preservation and Heritage Society.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said: “It’s wonderful to see the art and craftsmanship of silversmithing back in Banff again. The town has a rich heritage of creating these wonderful pieces and I am delighted that it is taking place again.

“There is a huge amount of work going on to regenerate the wider Banff and Macduff area and it’s great to see projects like this coming to life.

“The grant of £295,000 from the Scottish Government to revive silversmithing in Banff shows the commitment this government has to regeneration of the North-East economy and is a very welcome investment. Huge thanks go to all of the partners involved in the project.

“I was delighted to attend the official opening and I would like to wish Vanilla Ink and the centre staff all the very best as they cast a new future for silversmithing in Banff.”