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'The Spirit of Banffshire'

The ideal Christmas present!

"People make the place.  By reflecting on different aspects of their lives and communities, contributors have given an exciting insight into the last ninety years in historic Banffshire.  Many have also reflected on the changes that they have witnessed.  I am very grateful to all who have shared something of themselves and their memories.  That 'The Spirit of Banffshire' has been published just now is a fitting way in which the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen can be marked.  The stories give a wonderful reflection of life in our area throughout the time of her life and reign."  Andrew Simpson, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Sales Outlets

Aberlour: The Spey Larder, 96-98 High Street, Aberlour AB38 9QA

Aberlour: Post Office, 71A High Street, Aberlour AB38 9QB

Ballindalloch: Ballindalloch Castle

Ballindalloch: Lagmore Café

Banff: Meadowlands, Unit 7, 83 North Castle St, Banff AB45 1JJ

Banff: Museum of Banff, High Street, Banff

Boyndie: Boyndie Visitor Centre, The Old School House, Boyndie, Banff AB45 2JT

Buckie:  Pozzi, 8 High Street, Buckie AB56 1AQ

Buckie: Buckie & District Fishing Heritage Centre, 10 Cluny Place, Buckie AB56 1HB

Cullen:  Intricate Designs, 7 The Square, Cullen AB56 4RR

Cullen: Cullen Sea School, 1 Port Long Road, Cullen AB56 4AG

Dufftown: Glassworks, Conval Street, Dufftown, AB55 4AE

Dufftown: Rustic & Roses, 7 Fife Street, Dufftown, AB55 4AL

Elgin: Yeadons, 32 Commerce Street, Elgin IV30 1BS

Gardenstown: Eli’s Coffee Cakes & Crafts, New Ground, Gardenstown AB45 3YU
Glasshaugh: Mains of Glasshaugh Farmshop, Portsoy, AB45 2UL (Sundays 10am-2pm)

Huntly:  Orb's Community Bookshop, 10 1/2 The Square, Huntly AB54 8BR

Keith:  Patersons, 182-184 Mid Street, Keith AB55 5BL

Keith: Keith and Dufftown Railway, Keith Town Station

Macduff: Porterfields, 25 Duff Street, Macduff AB44 1TL

Macduff: RNLI Shop, Lifeboat Station, Bankhead Road, Macduff AB44 1TX

Portsoy: Portsoy Ice Cream Shop, 24 Seafield Street, Portsoy AB45 2QT   

Tomintoul: Discovery Centre, The Square, Tomintoul AB37 9ET

Tomintoul: Spindrift, 5 Main Street Tomintoul AB37 9EX

Turriff: W Peters, 16 High Street, Turriff AB53 4DT

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The Banffshire Memories project was launched in 2020, shortly before the start of lockdown.  The aim was to collect stories and memories from people living in historic Banffshire, covering the period of the life and reign of HM The Queen. 

To mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen, one hundred contributors have submitted one hundred and fifty stories which have been published under the title The Spirit of Banffshire.  Topics include memorable events (including royal visits), the workplace, school, extreme weather, childhood and much else.  Contributors were asked to keep their submissions to two hundred words which makes each tale very readable and accessible.  The book was compiled and edited by Andrew Simpson, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire, and Eleanor Gillespie, post graduate history student from Elgin, with the support of the Banffshire Field Club.

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