Coleraine crafts presented to Royalty


THE Princess Royal, Princess Anne, has been presented with tablemats produced by the Pavestone Centre’s social enterprise F. MacCool & Co during her recent visit to the Northern Ireland.

In March, Princess Anne attended the Innovative Practice Day held in the Long Gallery at Stormont.

This was organised jointly by the College of Occupational Therapists and the Northern Ireland Occupational Therapy Management Forum.

During her visit she was presented with a gift of embroidered linen tablemats, by Miss Elizabeth Black.

The tablemats were produced by F. MacCool & Co. who are based at the Pavestone Centre in Coleraine. F. MacCool & Co. is a Social Enterprise, promoting the employment potential of people with health problems and disabilities, they are a members of Craft N.I. and the Crafts Council of Ireland.

The company produces a range of traditional craft products including ceramics, linen and felt goods, simulated stoneware and candles representing the Causeway.

They have also designed a special commemorative candle for the 1912 Titanic centenary.

Rhoda Baxter, Facility Manager of the Pavestone Centre said, “The College of Occupational Therapists thought it was fitting to present Princess Anne with such a locally made gift and craftworkers in ‘MacCool’s’ are of course delighted with this recognition.”