Oban culture co-ordinator woven into new charitable role

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The top job of representing one of Scotland’s oldest crafts has been bestowed on Bonawe’s Breege Smyth.

The Trades House of Glasgow has installed Breege as its  Deacon of the Incorporation of Weavers.

Breege who job shares the position of arts and culture co-ordinator at Oban’s Rockfield Centre, as well as being an Oban FM presenter and serving on Ardchattan Parish Council, said the post was ‘ a big honour’.

The Trades House of Glasgow represents 14 crafts, including weavers, tailors, bonnet makers and glovers, and gives out bursaries to students encouraging the skills’ longevity.

The craft of weaving in Scotland goes back to the 1500s.

As a charitable trust, The Trades House of Glasgow manages funds of more than £18 million and donations of more than £750,000 are awarded annually to deserving causes and individuals across the west of Scotland.

Breege’s previous experience on a number of high-profile weaving projects saw her recognised by the Trades House of Glasgow and she has been involved in its Master Court for some time.

As part of her year of office, Breege will attend a number of events promoting Scotland’s weavers.

She added: ‘My year will also be taking a focus on the West Coast – there’s a ginormous link between here and Glasgow. I’m incredibly proud to be Deacon and to be encouraging the weaving industry to thrive in Scotland.’

In March, Breege will be taking samples of Dunollie’s new Lorn tweed and pioneering marine life textiles from Cuantec at Dunstaffnage to showcase at Westminster.

Caption: Breege Smyth is the new the Deacon of the Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow. NO_T41-BreegeSmyth01