Kilt centre drawing students from around the world to Keith

For the first time in over 20 years members of the public will now be able to see for themselves how traditional kilts are made.

The Keith Kilt Centre is already unique in its ability to offer a SQA award in traditional kilt making – catering for 20-30 students who travel from as far afield as Australia to attend.

Now the centre has stepped up a gear with the official opening at the weekend of their new premises in Keith’s Mid Street.

The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell, conducted the opening in her capacity as a patron of the Kilt Centre.

First set up in 1994 to allow redundant mill workers in the town to learn a new skill, the Keith Kilt School was re-launched in 2005 as the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre.

Following the opening of the new premises chairwoman and managing director Linda Gorn said: “We are now able to supplement our income by selling local crafts and arts in the area such as truffles, handbags and fudges.”

The public will be able to view traditional kilt making at the centre each Thursday and Friday, while the SQA course is proving to be highly popular with people from around the world.

Ms Gorn added: “Students can make six kilts out of any tartan to get their award.

“I would like to thank everybody for their support in this new venture, which could not have happened without the help and support of my team.”

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