THE bell of the historic Trades House rang out as the former Anglican Bishop of Glasgow took up the role of Deacon Convener.

The Rt Rev Dr Idris Jones, who retired in July 2009, will lead the organisation, based in the city's Glassford Street, for the next year. Established in 1605, the House and its 14 incorporated crafts have played a pivotal role in training as well as fostering trade and industry. Mr Jones said: "As well as its key role in the promotion of traditional craft skills alongside new technologies, benevolence is at the heart of the Trades House." Picture: Jamie Simpson