Aggie is all set to clean up at Elgin Town Hall

A woman who gained fame from criticising the cleanliness of homes around the UK is heading the list of guest speakers at a national conference to be held in Elgin today and tomorrow.

Aggie MacKenzie became a household name thanks to her appearances in Channel 4’s ‘How clean is your house?’ – now she will be passing on cleaning tips to a Moray audience and Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI) members at Elgin Town Hall today and Thursday.

The SWRI are hosting their national handicrafts and housewives conference and exhibition in Elgin Town Hall with Aggie taking the stage at 12.30pm today, other guest speakers in front of an expected 500-strong audience are Penny Ellis from the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and Dr Jana Hutt, chair of the Knockando Woolen Mill Trust.

SWRI’s Moray and Nairn federation have organised the event alongside the neighbouring Banffshire federation, with exhibitions open to the public from 9am to 5.30pm – entertainment will include a concert with the Elgin City Band from 7.30pm.  Tickets priced at £5 will be available at the door.

Local councillor Graham Leadbitter has welcomed the SWRI to Elgin, saying: “I am delighted that the SWRI has this year chosen to come to Elgin for their conference, which will bring in excess of 500 members to the city for two days.

“This is a major event on the SWRI’s calendar, which showcases not only the crafts, baking and other practical skills for which the ‘Institute’ is so well known for, but also the fellowship and community spirit, which brings together 500 women in the Moray and Nairn Federation alone.

“Elgin is a great location for these events with a great choice of activities in the area for our visitors.”