Market tables laden with Christmas crafts

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Words and photos Mark Davey

A steady flow of customers, both islanders and visitors, on the Isle of Gigha for the winter festival, kept stall holders busy at a Christmas sale.

Jean Morrison, a former Aberdeen city councillor, was visiting her daughter Elaine and served hearty food.

It included Cullen Skink and in honour of Russian visitors, expected for last Sunday’s Kartli memorial service, Bortsch, a Russian soup made with beetroot.

Bailey Bannatyne, 10, sold her mum’s unique tree hangings and A3 calendars created from her dad John’s photographs. These have become a must-have Gigha item in recent years.

Self-taught jeweller Helen Lear, who collaborates with Henri Macaulay at the gallery, showed a range of pendants and ear-rings made from sea glass, stained glass and polished gem stones.

During the market Catriona Walker worked non-stop felting tiny squirrels and also displayed a line of knitted ducks which take up to two evenings to complete.

Caroline McVean, proprietor of the Wee Gift Shed, spends her life making a wide range of items. Taking pride of place on her stall were knitted tinsel teddy bears.

Ayla Campbell, 8, gave a Scottish Highland dance demonstration after lunch and  Beinn an Tuirc distillers’ Niall Macalister Hall ran a demonstration stall of Kintyre gin and donated five bottles for the ceilidh bar.

Jean Morrison with a ladle full of Cullen Skink. 25_c51gighamarket02

Bailey Bannatyne displays tree hangings. 25_c51gighamarket01

Beth Bannatyne, 13, sold Jayne Millar made hats and dollies.  25_c51gighamarket06

Catriona Walker at her felting desk. 25_c51gighamarket07

Highland dancer Ayla Campbell. 25_c51gighamarket08

Caroline McVean holds her tinsel teddies. 25_c51gighamarket05

Helen Lear shows earrings and a pendant. 25_c51gighamarket03