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Holyrood Week: Day Five

25th July 2014

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to the Morton Young and Borland cotton lace weavers in Newmilns

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to the Morton Young and Borland cotton lace weavers in Newmilns

The Prince of Wales toured the textile firm Morton Young and Borland (MYB) today.

His Royal Highness, known as The Duke of Rothesay, toured the successful company - believed to be the last in the world designing and manufacturing the delicate textile on original Nottingham looms from the early 1900s.

Since a management buyout 13 years ago the company in Newmilns near Glasgow has been transformed into a global player producing lace for leading retailers like John Lewis, international designers and markets in Russia and China.

The Prince accepted two cotton blankets, one blue and the other white, for his grandson Prince George who celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday.

The Prince was given an extensive tour of the mill that was once part of a thriving pre-war cotton lace industry in the area of Newmilns, which with its damp climate was ideal for making the textile.

Earlier in the day, The Prince met students taking part in a sewing skills workshop at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire.

His Royal Highness looked at ways of addressing the loss of traditional sewing skills by meeting local education representatives, leaders in the textiles industry and young people taking part in sewing classes.

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to the Morton Young and Borland cotton lace weavers in Newmilns

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to the Morton Young and Borland cotton lace weavers in Newmilns