Bangle mystery revealed

THE mystery surrounding the theme for the Banchory Bangle was resolved when the coveted top prize at this year's Touch of Tartan Ball was unveiled.

Former Miss Scotland, Catherine Cowie, and Gordon Mitchell of Dales/Enterprise Engineering Partnership, sponsors of the ball revealed the design — mythical river horses.

The Kelpie is a mythicalriverhorse, one of which is said to live in the river Dee. They are famed and feared for their ability to lure young maidens into the river, who are then never seen again.

The 18ct gold bangle, which has been designed and made byroyal engraver Malcolm Appleby, is valued at 7,000 and is currently on display at The Wee Boorachie at Milton of Crathes.

Malcolm, who has been engraving the bangle free of charge since 1978,has produced a replica silver bangle as the second prize and also kindly donated a 100 voucher for his work as the third prize in the raffle.

Malcolm said: “The Banchory Bangle is a truly unique piece of jewellery with its prestige growing each year. I am honoured to be associated with the Touch of Tartan Ball as it is a fantastic occasion which raises an exceptional amount of money for Children 1st.”

Last year the bangle raised 9,000 in raffle ticket sales and it is hoped this year that sales will exceed 10,000 and help push the Touch of Tartan's total over last year's 72,430. The money raised is donated to Children 1st, who aim to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased from the Children 1st shop in George Street, from The Wee Boorachie or from the Children 1st office on Carden Place.

The winner will be drawn at the Touch of Tartan Ball at the Beach Ballroom on November 26.