Shimmering silks steal Clachan’s 47th show

Models line up in some of Mary Pollock's silks.

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A selection of fine silks were snapped up when they appeared at Clachan’s annual art show.

A blue kaftan, designed by the late Mary Pollock of Ronachan Silks, sold on the opening day of the village’s 47th show leaving a number of exquisitely silk screen printed scarfs and a red kimono.

The unusual exhibits were displayed in the hall’s backroom alongside paintings, including a large Jaws-like shark swallowing a surfer.

There was another Pollock connection as the show was started by Mary’s brother-in-law Christopher Pollock and his wife Ruth in 1971.

When they moved to Canada in 1975 the show passed to Peter and Pauline Simson who have organised it ever since.

Sales were steady across the three days from Friday to Sunday, with a rush in the final few hours.

Part of the aim of recent shows has been to help raise money for the Clachan village hall restoration fund, which is currently sitting at about £30,000.

The pre-fabricated hall was constructed in 1956 along with a number of other Kintyre, halls including Tayinloan and the Isle of Gigha. It has a number of problems including leaks, and rainwater pouring through one area of the roof, briefly threatened this weekend’s show.

The next big Clachan event is the Smallholders Gathering on September 1.