Royal exchange for Bute Fabrics staff

Melissa Thomson, Cathleen Murray and Cat Hemingway from Bute Fabrics  meet the Duke of Rothesay. (Photo by Paul Burns).
Melissa Thomson, Cathleen Murray and Cat Hemingway from Bute Fabrics meet the Duke of Rothesay. (Photo by Paul Burns).

Staff of Rothesay-based firm Bute Fabrics Ltd rubbed shoulders with royalty at an event staged to promote careers in Scotland’s fashion and textiles industry.

The company’s staff performed demonstrations to the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and around five hundred other visitors – of which three hundred were school pupils - at the Stitch In Time festival at Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire at the end of June.

Melissa Thomson, textile designer for Bute Fabrics, said: “I was always really interested in pursuing a career in the textiles industry but it’s not an obvious career choice for young people as they just don’t know enough about it. Through my job, I’ve been able to travel internationally and have learnt how to juggle multiple projects at one time.”

Prince Charles said: “The deficit in traditional sewing skills was brought to my attention a couple of years ago and led to the establishment of the Future Textiles programme at Dumfries House.

“In order to safeguard this vital and precious part of our economy in future years, we must address the endemic skills shortage that exists in many parts of the industry and ensure that young people are aware of the wonderful and rewarding opportunities for employment and long-term career prospects.”