Ballianlay fayre kicks off Bute’s Christmas season

The Original Ballianlay Christmas Fayre took place at the Straad Hall on Sunday, November 15, 2015.
The Original Ballianlay Christmas Fayre took place at the Straad Hall on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Not even the meanest Scrooge could fail to be infused with Yuletide spirit as the festive season on Bute began in style with the Ballianlay Christmas Fayre on Sunday.

The Beverley family - husband and wife Ray and Angela, and daughter Amy - were joined by artist Ruth Slater and confectioner Hazel Robertson, selling pieces in natural wood, wire and driftwood, pendants, cufflinks, earrings, brooches, postcards, canvasses and sweets.

An added attraction was the team from Cancer Research UK, led by Anna Harrison, with their coffees, teas and home baking - which, combined with a backdrop of festive music and decoration, ensured that despite the dreich weather outside, no-one could leave without a Christmas spring in their step.