Local firm take products to Palace

Robert Spink with some of his smokies (kippers) at Arbroath harbour.
Robert Spink with some of his smokies (kippers) at Arbroath harbour.

An Arbroath firm has been chosen to represent the best of British produce at a special event at Buckingham Palace next month.

Royal Warrant holders RR Spink & Son will be attending the Coronation Festival at the royal palace to mark 60 years since the coronation of the Her Majesty the Queen in 1953.

The company, which is based on the Kirkton Industrial Estate, is one of just 15 Scottish companies invited to the festival.

They earned their Royal Warrant status for their smoked fish, which includes salmon and trout.

The event is being held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace as is a one-off event for the holders of royal warrants.

A spokesperson for the festival explained: “The Royal Warrant Holders Association will host the Coronation Festival over four days, between July 11 and 14, showcasing a broad range of companies with a Royal Warrant.

“Over 200 Royal Warrant holders from across London and the UK will come together to showcase their heritage and very latest product innovations and services, all within the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

“This is the first time Buckingham Palace has opened its gardens for such an event, which will celebrate innovation, excellence and industry as our Royal Warrant Holders exhibit their brands.”

The event will also see an evening Gala performance for the Queen across three evening events including performances by Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Katie Melua.

RR Spink and Sons was founded in 1715 and has over 300 years experience in the fish industry.

Royal Warrants are awarded to companies which supply products to members of the royal family for at least five years.

Not only do RR Spink & Son hold a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen, the company was also granted a warrant from the late Queen Mother.