Countdown to Tartan Day celebrations

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It’s time to look out your tartan, dig out your kilt or simply wear your Scottish pride on your sleeve!

On Friday, March 30, eight days of celebrations will spark into life across the county of Angus, marking the start of Tartan Day Scotland 2012.

Tartan Day is celebrated across the globe on April 6, the date of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 – a pivotal event in Scottish history and, as it also sewed the seeds of democracy, world history.

“Our county played an important part in many chapters of the story of Scotland but the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is known across the globe and is the reason Scotland and the Scots are celebrated every April 6,” said Provost Ruth Leslie Melville.

“It’s wonderful that, almost 700 years since Robert The Bruce signed this historic document, Angus has not one but eight days of special events to commemorate Tartan Day and to highlight the very best of Scotland – and of Angus.”

With over fifty events being held in Angus as part of Tartan Day Scotland, which is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to go in the local area between March 30 and April 8. In fact, Tartan Day revellers have a fabulous choice of special events this year, from delicious gourmet suppers to toe-tapping family ceilidhs; from bracing dog walks to cuddly teddy bears’ picnics; from brain-testing quizzes to tempting Scottish menus. There’s something for everyone!

“It’s wonderful how the communities, organisations and businesses of Angus always come up with such a diverse range of Tartan Day events,” said Brian Rice of GlaxoSmithKline, headline sponsors of Tartan Day Scotland.

“Every year, there’s something new to experience, such as Scottish Opera telling a musical story to children at Arbroath Library, but there are also the events which are now considered a traditional part of the Angus Tartan Day celebrations, including the Speaking of Scotland debate, live music in pubs and Pipe Bands, highland dancing competitions and craft fairs.”

For more information about all Tartan Day events, pick up The Tartan Day Angus Events Guide from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus or visit www.tartandayscotland.com