As the Olympic torch was passing through the region earlier this month, a local company was busy readying something else to send to England’s capital in time for the start of the London 2012 games in a few weeks.
Hutton Stone has found itself in the midst of Olympic spirit after receiving an intriguing order for its sandstone ahead of the Games.
It was approached by Trademark Masons, from Castle Wellan in Northern Ireland after it had been given the job to renovate a top London hotel in time for the Games, which start on July 27.
Together it matched the existing stone at the hotel with that of Swinton Pink sandstone, which is quarried by Hutton Stone.
As the torch passed through the town heading for the capital, the West Fishwick based company was preparing to send its own product to London, although even the best weightlifters in the world would have struggled to carry the load.
The destination for the stone is Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, a five star establishment known worldwide for its luxury and historic art deco. It’s a place frequented regularly by stars, socialites and the crowned heads of Europe for over 100 years and declares to have the best afternoon tea in London.
Marcus Paine, managing director at Hutton Stone is delighted to have supplied to such an established and renowned hotel.
He added: “We are terrifically proud to think that stones quarried by us in the Borders and north Northumberland are increasingly being chosen for jobs from London to the Scottish Highlands.
“It’s great for us and great for the area.”