A BRIDLINGTON blacksmith is celebrating after receiving a prestigious award from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
David Cooper, of St Alban Road, was awarded a silver medal at a ceremony in London last month.
Mr Cooper, 40, who has worked from a unit in Pinfold Lane since 1998, can now use the title Eminent Master Blacksmith.
Mr Cooper said: “The ceremony was great, I took my wife and kids.
“My family think its fantastic especially the kids. Blacksmithing has always been around them and they’re chuffed.”
His achievement is remarkable given the fact that he got the silver medal within three years of getting the bronze award.
Although a gold award is given out by the organisation, it is usually given posthumously, so the silver award is about the highest honour awarded to a working blacksmith.
Mr Cooper studied at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford for three years before setting up his business in Bridlington.
He works on a range of items, from railings to garden structures, but his speciality is making gates for which he receives orders from all over the country.
A silver award winner is required to have already gained the bronze medal, developed their own approach and designs, and made quality commissions for the public and private sectors.
Mr Cooper said: “I’ve always been interested in working with my hands and we all like taking things apart and putting them back together don’t we?
“I’m not interested in having half a dozen people work for me in the future, my long term aim is to live in a nice village with a workshop at the end of my garden.
“I suppose I’d like to step back 50 years and live like that really.”
To learn more about David’s work visit www.dcblacksmiths.co.uk