Ethical crafter crowned “best trade stand” at Piping At Forres

Angus Dixon and Pearl Hamilton present the money to Shona Jennings during the Chieftain’s walkabout!

A CRAFTER who specialises in making bags and accessories from ethically sourced materials was crowned Best Small Business Trade Stand at Moray’s biggest one day event.

Thistle Fairy Designs scooped the title at Piping At Forres which took place on Saturday.

Shona Jennings who makes the products won the competition run by the Forres branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and was gifted £150.

Piping At Forres took place in the town for the last time on Saturday.

Shona who is based in Aberfeldy said: I am thrilled, this was such a surprise. This is my firsts time at Piping At Forres. I use limited edition short run Harris Tweeds and I also used cork leather. It’s a vegan alternative to actual leather. I use environmentally friendly sustainable products.”

Angus Dixon and Pearl Hamilton, members of the Federation of Small Businesses handed over the prize.

Angus said: “We chose Thistle fairy Designs as Shona has beautifully made products and designs. She is also very welcoming and informative about her products.”

Each year, Piping At Forres has hosted over 100 stalls in its craft and retail and the food and drink villages, giving businesses an opportunity to showcase fine Scottish products.