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Father’s Day at Sheila Fleet

This Sunday is Father’s Day in the UK.  We’ll be celebrating, or remembering, Dads all over Britain, and indeed in many other countries in the world this weekend.

Sheila and Martin have been remembering their Dads…

Sheila and her father, James Dearness

Father's Day - Sheila Fleet & Father, James Dearness

The image above from 1959 shows Sheila as a young teenager with her father, James Dearness.  At this time Sheila was working with her father on the family farm before she left for Edinburgh College of Art to study jewellery design and fashion. Sheila attributes much of her energy, drive and attention to detail to her dad.  When she thinks of putting off a task for later she remembers him saying:

‘You’ll never have more time than you do today.’

Martin and his father, Rick Fleet

Father's Day - Martin Fleet and his Father, Rick gardening

‘Something we used to do every Spring together’ Martin said as he handed me this photo.  It shows him planting onions with his father, Rick, in the early 1980s.

Hamish and his father, Martin Fleet

Father's Day 2017 - Martin Fleet and son Hamish

Martin with his son, Hamish, after a strenuous bike ride to the top of the hill on Burray. Hamish loves being outdoors, swimming and cycling, it keeps Dad fit too!

Gifts for Father’s Day

Everyone will celebrate Father’s Day in their own way. Perhaps you’re planning to cook Dad his favourite food or invite him to a concert or film. Maybe he has a soft spot for fine craftsmanship? In this case he might like a piece of carefully crafted jewellery, designed and made in our Orkney Workshop. Have you seen our selection of Cufflinks?

Brodgar Eye cufflinks Ogham cufflinks

Sheila has also been creating some new Kilt Pins

Robert the Bruce Kilt Pin Stag's Head Kilt Pin

Our jewellery will stand the test of time, enduring for years to be passed down and enjoyed by generations to come. Indeed it’s a lovely way to thank Dad for all his hard work, love and care. If you’d like to see some of the pieces we’ve gathered together for this special occasion take at look at our Father’s Day page.

Rick Fleet and son Martin Martin Fleet and son Hamish

Wishing you all a special day from Orkney and love to all Dads!



Sheila’s son Martin grew up in and around the Orkney Workshop while cousin Kathleen remembers Sheila visiting her mother, Sheila’s older sister, with exciting new designs from a very early age. Between them Martin and Kathleen will keep you up-to-date with Sheila Fleet Jewellery news!

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