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Community / The spirit of Bayes lives on as cabinet moves to antiques shop

Darren Odie with the Bayes cabinet, now in his antique shop. Photo: Shetland News

A WELL-known display cabinet from RW Bayes has a new home after the beloved shop was cleared out this week.

It can now be found at Darren Odie’s antique shop on Commercial Road – but it is not for sale and is already being put to use to display items.

A clock from Bayes is also featured in the cabinet. Photo: Shetland News

Odie told Shetland News about the history of piece: “The cabinet was bought from a jewellery shop in Glasgow that closed down and it was shipped to Shetland in the 1930s.

“There was a shop called Stove and Smiths, and they bought it… it was up the stairs in Stove and Smiths in their fancy goods department.

“Then when they closed down, about mid-80s, Alister Smith, the owner of Bayes, acquired the cabinet.

“It stood in there until yesterday [Wednesday], when it came here.”

Bayes, which was one of Lerwick’s most established shops, is due to go on the market soon after it closed last year.

The late Alister Smith (right) with Neil Anderson two years ago when they were celebrating 40 years of business. Photo: Living Lerwick

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