Whole salmon in Skipness sale success


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Just like January sale stalwarts of old a group of ‘early birds’ eagerly awaited the opening of Skipness’ sale of work.



Village residents held the annual sale at the village hall on Wednesday of last week.

Knowing from past experience and word of mouth that the fine produce would sell quickly, the ‘early birds’ waited patiently in the glorious sunshine for the sale to be declared open.

Gwyn Abernethy, the sale’s chief organiser, welcomed everyone to the event which she explained ‘involved the whole community.’

Mrs Abernethy invited Duncan Shaw to officially declare the sale open at 3pm precisely, as he and Mrs Shaw had been associated with the annual sale of work for almost 80 years.

Duncan completed his official task before moving back outside to where his wife was on door duty and his nephew’s wife, Lesley Griffiths, was helping to sell his plants and garden produce.

The village hall was quickly filled as the eager shoppers moved around the stalls viewing the vast array of products featuring ‘all kinds of everything’.

Items to be bought or won included a whole fresh salmon, food hamper, hand-made bracelets, knitting and crochet, books and bric-a-brac and mouth-watering cakes and pastries.

Afternoon teas with dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes were also served throughout the sale.

The sale attracted visitors from near and far with some from Glasgow, Devon, Yorkshire, Colorado Springs and Maine, USA.

Judging by the happy smiles on faces on both sides of the tables, the annual Skipness sale has again been a very pleasant and enjoyable day for all.

Ailsa Wilson, Muasdale; Judith Marsden, on holiday from Yorkshire; Betty Rintoul, Tarbert; Marion McNichol, Lochgilphead; Annie McCune and Megan Reiniger from USA.  50_c31skipnesssale01

Big smiles from Mathilda Moller, 10, while she browsed the stalls. 50_c31skipnesssale02

David Bridge, Skipness sold squares for the prize of a whole salmon. 50_c31skipnesssale03

Duncan Shaw who opened the sale and Gwyn Abernethy, chief organiser. 50_c31skipnesssale04

Fiona Cameron from Skipness guessing the weight of the cake. 50_c31skipnesssale05

Hilary Bridge and Mary Kendry were kept busy at the home baking and jams table. 50_c31skipnesssale06

Joan McHugh and Jackie Lamond manned the bric-a-brac table. 50_c31skipnesssale07

Lesley Griffiths from Exeter, sold plants. 50_c31skipnesssale08

Mary MacDonald, Anne Hunter, Sheena Henderson and Maud McKinley manned the bottle stall and sold woollen crafts and bits and bobs. 50_c31skipnesssale09

Maureen Small from Glasgow and Alison Ainslie from Durham both on holiday at Whitehouse.  50_c31skipnesssale10

Philip James sold squares for the hamper. 50_c31skipnesssale11

Prize salmon. 50_c31skipnesssale12

Robyn Macfie, 10, and Eleni Pistolas, 10, sold Elenis’ handmade bracelets. 50_c31skipnesssale13

Skipness village hall on the sale-of-work day. 50_c31skipnesssale14

Wendy Steadman and Ailsa Jensen staffed the bookstall. 50_c31skipnesssale15