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Pictures and Video: Watch Willie Mackay play 'Tunes on the Spoons' at Watten's Easter fair


By David G Scott

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People descended upon Watten Village Hall from far and wide across Caithness and beyond for Easter Saturday's local craft and produce fair to make it a great success.

Local councillor and Provost of Wick, Willie Mackay, played a two-hour long selection of his Tunes on the Spoons to the delight of all who attended and especially the children who joined him on stage to have a go.

Watten Village Hall where Easter Saturday's craft and produce fair was held. Picture: DGS
Watten Village Hall where Easter Saturday's craft and produce fair was held. Picture: DGS
Various children were invited on stage to have a go on the spoons with Willie. Picture: DGS
Various children were invited on stage to have a go on the spoons with Willie. Picture: DGS
Willie Mackay gets feet tapping with his fancy spoon playing. Picture: DGS
Willie Mackay gets feet tapping with his fancy spoon playing. Picture: DGS
Nine-year-old Sarah makes crafts and bakes. Standing alongside is her grandmother, Jane Coghill, who organised the event with her husband Willie. Picture: DGS
Nine-year-old Sarah makes crafts and bakes. Standing alongside is her grandmother, Jane Coghill, who organised the event with her husband Willie. Picture: DGS
Nine-year-old Sarah shows an example of her needlecraft work. Picture: DGS
Nine-year-old Sarah shows an example of her needlecraft work. Picture: DGS

Jane Coghill, along with her husband Willie, organised the special day and said: "We thought we'd try and get a local food producers and craft fair together and aim to have it four times a year. Since we're in the middle of the county we thought we'd pull everybody together."

Jane said there was a "very good turnout" for the event, with it being really busy between 11 and 12, and a steady flow of customers throughout the rest of the day until it finished up at around 3pm. Any money raised has gone back into paying for publicity materials such as signage outside on the railings and flyers posted throughout the area. "It's about supporting local producers and craftmakers but hopefully, in the future, we'll be able to make a donation to charity."

A beautiful display from North Coast Quilts. Picture: DGS
A beautiful display from North Coast Quilts. Picture: DGS
This lovely crocheted kiwi called Kojak by Meadowcroft Crochet and Quilting was unfortunately not for sale.
This lovely crocheted kiwi called Kojak by Meadowcroft Crochet and Quilting was unfortunately not for sale.
Willie Mackay turned up to play some merry tunes on the spoons. Picture: DGS
Willie Mackay turned up to play some merry tunes on the spoons. Picture: DGS
Kirsty and James from Caithness Seaglass show jewellery made from glass found on local shores. Picture: DGS
Kirsty and James from Caithness Seaglass show jewellery made from glass found on local shores. Picture: DGS
Caithness Seaglass jewellery with a light shining through the glass to highlight its colour.
Caithness Seaglass jewellery with a light shining through the glass to highlight its colour.
Kat's Kups 'n' Kakes provided refreshments and snacks on the day: Picture: DGS
Kat's Kups 'n' Kakes provided refreshments and snacks on the day: Picture: DGS
There were 20 stallholders at the fair – half food producers and half craftmakers. Picture: DGS
There were 20 stallholders at the fair – half food producers and half craftmakers. Picture: DGS

Some of the 20 stallholders had travelled from outwith Caithness but one of the main motives for the Watten fair was to "showcase talent in the county and local producers".

One local producer at the fair was Gersa-based Bronwyn Ross from the Caithness Candle Company. Bronwyn says she sells a lot of her candles and melts through her website and social media but prefers going out to craft fairs and markets. "I've a range of melts that are inspired by Caithness as well as the seasons," she said. "I've also got a selection of lovely fragrances for all rooms in the house."

Gersa-based Bronwyn Ross from the Caithness Candle Company. Bronwyn says she sells a lot of her candles and melts through her website and social media but prefers going out to craft fairs and markets. Picture: DGS
Gersa-based Bronwyn Ross from the Caithness Candle Company. Bronwyn says she sells a lot of her candles and melts through her website and social media but prefers going out to craft fairs and markets. Picture: DGS
The fair provided a welcome return for an indoor event after the Covid lockdown period. Picture: DGS
The fair provided a welcome return for an indoor event after the Covid lockdown period. Picture: DGS
Lesley Forrest from Scarfskerry with her handmade glass crafts. Her company is called Glittering Trinkets. Picture: DGS
Lesley Forrest from Scarfskerry with her handmade glass crafts. Her company is called Glittering Trinkets. Picture: DGS

Other local crafters and specialist food producers at the event included Oldhall Middle White Pork, North Coast Quilts, Ebony Crafts, AE Jewellery, Barry Smith Art, calligraphy/book artist Fiona Dempster, Caithness Aromatics, Glittering Trinkets, Meadowcroft Quilts along with Linda Lamb who sold all of her Caithness County Show award-winning fudge.

Twins Macey and Henry enjoyed sampling cakes at the Watten event and wore their Easter bunny masks. Picture: DGS
Twins Macey and Henry enjoyed sampling cakes at the Watten event and wore their Easter bunny masks. Picture: DGS
Willie Mackay, played a two-hour long selection of his Tunes on the Spoons to the delight of all who attended and especially the children who joined him on stage to have a go. Picture: DGS
Willie Mackay, played a two-hour long selection of his Tunes on the Spoons to the delight of all who attended and especially the children who joined him on stage to have a go. Picture: DGS
More local produce from Oldhall Middle White Pork with Stephanie Opara, left and Maria Wybrew. Picture: DGS
More local produce from Oldhall Middle White Pork with Stephanie Opara, left and Maria Wybrew. Picture: DGS
Specialist hams, cured meats and other produce from Clyth Charcuterie. Picture: DGS
Specialist hams, cured meats and other produce from Clyth Charcuterie. Picture: DGS

Co-organiser of the event, Willie Coghill, said he was delighted with how the day had gone and that the fair provided an "extravaganza of artisan food and crafts". He added: "Everybody was pleased with it and every stallholder was pleased it and they say they will come back again."

The next craft and produce fair at Watten Village Hall is planned for Saturday, June 25.

Some of the stalls at the Watten craft and produce fair last Saturday. Picture: DGS
Some of the stalls at the Watten craft and produce fair last Saturday. Picture: DGS
The Easter Saturday craft and produce fair in Watten Village Hall had 20 stallholders and attracted several hundred visitors over the day. Picture: DGS
The Easter Saturday craft and produce fair in Watten Village Hall had 20 stallholders and attracted several hundred visitors over the day. Picture: DGS
A sunny Easter Saturday drew many out to attend the Watten fair at the village hall. Picture: DGS
A sunny Easter Saturday drew many out to attend the Watten fair at the village hall. Picture: DGS

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