Don hammers his way to the top!

Blacksmith Don Barker at work
Blacksmith Don Barker at work

A FORMER Scarborough blacksmith has forged another career move after landing a top title.

Don Barker, who was born in Scarborough, has been appointed Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in London.

Mr Barker, whose grandfather was village blacksmith in Hutton Buscel, is the first working smith for several generations to be elected to the position of Prime Warden.

He said the role would involve recruiting new members to the company and helping to boost its work for good causes.

He said: “Blacksmiths still have a very good connection with the craft and give bursaries to students and get involved with the training of blacksmiths.

“My grandfather was the blacksmith in Hutton Buscel following a continuous family tradition of blacksmithing that can be traced back over 300 years.

“The urge to bash hot metal is in my blood.”

Mr Barker has carried out a number of high-profile commissions in his career including Gothic-style lanterns at Westminster Abbey.