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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Aberdeen rowie auctioned for 620
An Aberdeen rowie
Rowies are also known as Aberdeen rolls and the buttery
An Aberdeen delicacy made of lard, butter and sugar has been auctioned for more than 600 in aid of charity.

The humble rowie, also known as an Aberdeen roll or buttery, which usually sells for about 25p, was put up for sale on the internet site eBay.

A last minute rush of bids before Monday's deadline saw 620 raised for the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

Offshore industry inspection engineer Darren Topp, 32, of Aberdeen, said he received bids from all over the world.

He told the BBC Scotland news website: "The auction had thousands of hits from all over the world, including Australia.

'Good cause'

"I thought we might raise about 100 but it took off like a rocket.

"The money is going to the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital Archie Fund as it's a good local charity. We have also had donations from businesses so we could make over 1,000.

"I was just talking about rowies one day and thought we could have some fun with it."

The rowie was bought by Aberdeen firm Enterprise Engineering Services Ltd as the auction was for charity.

Managing director Gordon Mitchell said: "It was for a good cause so we are delighted.

"We have just celebrated our 40th anniversary, a lot has changed in that time but the Aberdeen rowie has not."

Archie's head of fundraising Carolyn Donaldson said: "We are absolutely delighted Archie was chosen and it shows how well loved this Aberdeen produce of the rowie is.

"It showed great imagination."

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