Inaugural Scottish Home Show hailed a success at Aberdeen

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More than 8,000 visitors flocked to the launch of the Scottish Home Show in Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre at the weekend.

The new home improvements, interiors and garden design exhibition was the first major home event of its kind to be hosted in the North-east in recent years and attracted a major response with more than 200 exhibitor stands taking part.

The event, in association with Thistle Windows and Conservatories, highlighted some of the most luxurious home and garden products, innovative new technology and gadgets on the market, with a range of displays showcasing garden designs and conservatories, the latest home interior designs, kitchens, bathrooms and home technology.

TV personality Carol Smillie opened the show on Saturday morning along with Greg Henderson (13), and his mother Carol, who have been receiving support from Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), which was selected as this year’s charity.

Snooker legend Steve Davis OBE also made a guest appearance on the Thistle Windows and Conservatories stand over the weekend and The Nick Nairn Cook School hosted regular demonstrations throughout the weekend, which attracted a great response from visitors to the AECC arena.

Director of the Scottish Home Show, Darren Ross, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have received for the first ever Scottish Home Show here in Aberdeen, not only from exhibitors but also from the number of visitors who continued to flock to the AECC in their thousands over the weekend.

“The numbers of visitors have far exceeded our expectations and it’s been an amazing weekend for everyone, with many exhibitors going home with lots of sales and strong leads.

“A fantastic event for everyone involved and we’re looking forward to planning 2013.”