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The Maxwells of Doddington Dairy (descendents of one of Scotlands great Border Clans) launched their new range of luxury ice cream today at the Scottish Borders Tourism Fair at Springwood Park, Kelso - The Clan Maxwell Range.
Springwood Park, in the shadow of 12th century Maxwellheugh, is named after one of the very first Maxwells, so there could be no better place to launch this new taste of the Scottish Borders. The Clan Maxwell range of ice cream are presented in their distinctive tartan cartons, thus combining the familys history with the finest of Scottish ingredients. They are all churned from Maxwell Milk and mixed with Scottish Cream and Scottish growers will supply the strawberries and soft fruits as well as other seasonal flavours.
The Maxwells were one of the most powerful and respected families along the Scottish southwest border for over 500 years. A rich and colourful history saw them involved in many historical epics, as well as being notable Border Reivers but it seems dairy is in the blood. This is highly appropriate for a family whose castles included Castlemik and Cowhill, they have been dairy farmers for over 300 years. So, there is not a great deal this family doesn't know about producing high quality milk. Today, at the family farm near Berwick upon Tweed, the modern day Maxwells milk more than 200 cows and they are hoping that this taste of Scotlands heritage will appeal to food outlets and tourist attractions throughout the Borders, as owner Neill Maxwell explains :
"We have been making ice cream for the last ten years and I really wanted to produce an ice cream that would be a celebration of everything that the Maxwells are about. My father was born and farmed in Dumfrieshire, where the family seat of the Maxwells is situated at Nithsdale and we have long been involved in the Borders turbulent history. Consequently Clan Maxwell is a tribute to the history of the clan and our dairy farming background which goes back generations".
The head of the Maxwell family, whose descendants became the Lords Maxwell and the Earls of Nithsdale, lived at the imposing Caerlaverock Castle on the Solway coast in Dumfriesshire. Earlier this month, the family went back to their roots for a photoshoot of the new tubs featuring the family in their traditional Maxwell tartan.
Commenting earlier today on the Clan Maxwell Range Sandi Hellowell, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: "Scotlands natural produce plays an incredibly important part in the visitor experience and often a great day out in the Scottish Borders can be made even better when you are presented with great tasting local treats such as ice cream. VisitScotlands research shows that £1 in every £5 spent by Scotlands visitors is on food and drink, amounting to more than £500 million for UK visitors alone".
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