Organisers of this year’s Cancer Research UK Christmas Fair are gearing up for a ‘vintage’ event when the annual two-day event returns to Scone Palace next week.
Now in its 23rd year, the popular Fair will take place in the Palace on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November.
Organiser Penny I’Anson said: “2012 was an outstanding year and we raised a record amount of over £14,000 for charity, bringing the total raised since the Fair began 23 years ago to over £200,000. But we’re not resting on our laurels! This year we’re introducing an exciting new addition that will hopefully see us raise the bar even further.
“Once again, we’ll be taking over the whole of the ground floor of the Palace, including rooms that are not usually open to the public. Ticketholders will be able to browse seventy Christmas stalls set throughout the Palace's State Rooms and choose from a range of wonderful gifts, cards, decorations and speciality foods which have been specially selected for their originality, quality and craftsmanship.
”Stallholders come to the event from all over the UK and this year we are delighted to see the return of the ever popular ‘Sonsie Hats’ from the North of Scotland. We’ll be welcoming for the first time new jewellery stand ‘Fussione’; ‘Jolly Josephs’ ties; and artists Sally Oyler and Clare Brownlow. Local company ‘Vintage Toys’ will have a selection of traditional children’s presents on offer. Designer bags will be the order of the day at ‘My Handbag Heaven’. For the home, there’ll be smart tweed accessories and cushions from ‘Branxtons’ plus luxury candles and linens from ‘The Fussy Cow’. Or to ward off the winter chill, why not browse the cosy knitwear from ‘Love Cashmere’?
“Brand new for 2013 is our exclusive ‘Vintage Room’, where ticketholders will be able to browse racks of vintage clothes from Cancer Research UK and pick up good quality labels at bargain prices. The room will be fully equipped with mirrors and changing facilities so that items can be tried on in a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. So if you’re looking for a unique item for your wardrobe, or just something a little bit different, our ‘Vintage Room’ is definitely the place to come!
“With speciality foods, wine, books, pictures, cards and antiques also on offer, this will be a great opportunity to do all of your Christmas shopping under one roof. And with visitors coming from far and wide across the country, it’s also a great opportunity to meet up with friends for a sociable day out!
“Once again, we’re extremely grateful to Lady Stormont and the team at Scone Palace for all their help and support, which contributes hugely to making the Fair such a fantastic event in the pre-Christmas calendar”.
Proceeds from stand and ticket sales, plus 10% from all goods sold, will be donated to Cancer Research UK, with a further donation to Narcolepsy UK.
• Monday 25th November, from 4.30-8.30pm. Entry £5.00.
• Tuesday 26th November, 10am – 4pm. Entry £5.00.
The Servants' Hall Coffee Shop, Food and Gift Shops will also be open on both dates.
Dorothy Rodger, Local Fundraising Manager with Cancer Research UK said: “The annual Christmas Fair is a fabulous event in beautiful surroundings. Cancer Research UK relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund research so the ongoing support of everyone involved with the Christmas Fair is vital to continue progress in research.
“For example, Cancer Research UK spent over £4 million last year in Dundee on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Dundee is home to one of our Cancer Research UK Centres, which brings together scientists, doctors and nurses from Dundee and Tayside. Research particularly focuses on skin, bowel and breast cancers and scientists there are also carrying out world-class research to refine and improve cancer surgery. Collaboration is the key to the success of the Centre, ensuring that cutting-edge research brings benefits to patients in and around the city.”
Elspeth Bruce, Administrator at Scone Palace added: “The Christmas Fair is always a thoroughly enjoyable event which attracts visitors from all corners of Scotland. Over the years it has rightly built up a reputation as a fantastic place to come for speciality foods, clothing and giftware. The new Vintage Room provides another great incentive to visit and we look forward to welcoming more visitors than ever to this year’s event.”