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St Abbs annual Wool Festival
Janis Embleton loom weaving
St Abbs annual Wool Festival Janis Embleton loom weaving

St Abbs Wool Festival is an event which certainly doesn’t have to rely on spin to sell itself.

Once again there was a record-breaking turnout of visitors for this annual extravaganza last Saturday, held at the Ebba Centre and village visitor centre, to see what the Borders and north Northumberland have to offer in the way of wool craft .

While acknowledging the superb local support, organiser Jennie Howes said: “We paid particular attention to asking folk how they knew about the festival, what they thought of it and from where they had travelled.

“Their feedback was so positive and we discovered that we had visitors from Edinburgh, Cupar, Glasgow and Dumfries in Scotland, and from as far away as Plymouth, London, Eastbourne, Coventry, Hull, Newcastle and Lancaster in England.

“A great many new festival goers were local and had seen, and heard, some of the advertising and promotional posters which we and our loyal woolly friends distribute throughout our communities.”

She went on: “Our exhibitors always put on wonderful displays and are so enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge and skills with our audience, making it a hugely rewarding experience for everyone.”

The good weather held out for Jennie and the rest of the organisers, allowing non-wool family members to get out and about on the beach, walk around St Abbs Head and visit Eyemouth for more tourist attractions.

Number 4 Gallery at St Abbs also reported a great day with excited visitors unable to resist showing off their wool festival acquisitions before looking around the gallery. The three St Abbs cafes also reported a very busy time.

Jennie added: “We will be announcing the date for the autumn wool festival next month, so keep an eye on the website and Facebook pages for more information as we put it out.”