Silent auction in Rothesay for ‘royal’ bed

A bed manufactured by the Queen's bed maker is for sale in a silent auction at Fyne Futures' Re-use furniture shop in Rothesay until Friday, March 13, 2015.

A bed manufactured by the Queen's bed maker is for sale in a silent auction at Fyne Futures' Re-use furniture shop in Rothesay until Friday, March 13, 2015.

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A silent auction for a ‘royal’ bed - made by a firm boasting a warrant from the Queen - began at a Rothesay shop on Saturday.

The bed, made by Staples & Co of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, which has held a Royal warrant since 1932, is on show at the Re-use shop run by local recycling charity Fyne Futures on the corner of Montague Street and Deanhood Place.

Caroline Speirs, Denise Marinucci and Dorna Caskie at Fyne Futures' Re-use furniture shop in Rothesay.

Caroline Speirs, Denise Marinucci and Dorna Caskie at Fyne Futures' Re-use furniture shop in Rothesay.

The bed was donated to Fyne Futures by a home owner in Ascog, and is being auctioned off as part of Pass It On Week, a national campaign being run by Zero Waste Scotland which runs from March 7-15 and aims to encourage Scots to think more about recycling and re-use.

To make your auction bid, just pop in to the shop any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm from March 9 to 13 and give your details to the staff.

Fyne Futures’ contribution to Pass It On Week also features a series of other events at the Re-use shop - restoration advice on Monday, March 9; an ‘Antique Day’ on Tuesday, March 10, with a rare book from the 1800s up for grabs; a ‘DIY Day’ on Thursday, March 12 ; and a special sale on Friday, March 13, with selected items on sale for £13.

Staples & Co provided a bed for King George after he suffered a back injury while visiting troops in France in 1915, and in the years that followed the company made beds for several royal residences, as well as for Winston Churchill, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham and General Montgomery during the Second World War.