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By Fiona Reid
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Show champions to be honoured with Galloway Glass

WINNERS at this year’s Royal Highland Show will take home a bit of this region.

For Galloway Glass, based in Dumfries, has got the job of engraving, and delivering, the 105 delicate glass bowls that will go to the competition victors across the classes.

The trophies are being provided by Galloway Glass, which is owned by T B Watson, a third-generation family business dating back 112 years.

Director Karen Gibson said: “We are very proud to be providing the trophies for such a wonderful event.

“To come away from Ingliston as one of the champions is a huge achievement, so we hope that these trophies will be something that the winners will cherish for many years and which will be a permanent reminder of their success.”

Galloway Glass supplies engraved glass trophies for agricultural shows, golf and archery tournaments and many other events, both in the UK and as far afield as Papua New Guinea.

While it has previously provided some smaller trophies to RHASS, which runs the Royal Highland Show and this year’s Royal Highland Showcase, this is the first time it has been responsible for the championship bowls.

And it comes after a challenging year for the business in the face of covid, like many others.

Karen said: “Brexit and the pandemic certainly slowed things down but things are starting to look more positive and more orders are coming through.”

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland honorary president Fiona Armstrong, said: “Dumfries and Galloway is this year’s host region we’re proud that one of our businesses is playing such an important role in this year’s Royal Highland Showcase

“Whether it’s agriculture, forestry, food or drink we have so much to offer, including highlighting many family businesses like Karen’s which have proud traditions of quality and service and have shown remarkable resilience in adapting and changing across the decades and in the face of so many economic challenges.”

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