Gearing up for Tartan Day

Angus is kilting up for another memorable week of celebrations to mark Tartan Day from April 1 to 10.

This week sees the launch of an action packed Tartan Day Angus programme brimming with events for all. The programme is now available in libraries, leisure centres, access offices, visitor attractions and museums across the north east of Scotland.

This annual festival takes place to mark the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320. Provost Ruth Leslie Melville explains why we celebrate Tartan Day in Angus:

“There are celebrations happening around the world and this is an opportunity for Angus as the birthplace of that Declaration, to host a series of diverse events which will appeal to locals and visitors alike. I am encouraged to see many local communities collectively contributing to Tartan Day as one of the many exciting tourism initiatives for the area and I would encourage those not yet involved to join in.”

The celebrations start on 1st April with an Art Competition Exhibition where schools will exhibit their artwork at Arbroath Abbey following the theme: What does Tartan Day Mean to you?

In the evening, a delicious Tartan Day Supper is on offer at Hospitalfield in Arbroath with a chance to work off the calories in Forfar where there is a choice of Scottish dancing or a Tartan Day skate night, all on the launch day.

Events carry on through to the 10th of April and include parades, a yomp, dancing festivals and a film day. The annual Speaking of Scotland debating evening will once again take place in Forfar’s Council Chambers.

Another popular event will be centred around Arbroath Abbey, the scene of the Declaration of Arbroath. The ever-popular re-enactment of the Signing of the Declaration will once again be part of a Declaration Celebration concert on the evening of April 6 at St Andrews Church opposite the Abbey.

This will be followed by a torchlight procession from Arbroath Abbey to the Fit O’ The Toon. Many nobles will be there including Robert The Bruce and his Scottish court.

One of the many new events taking place during the Tartan Day celebrations will be a Carnoustie Tartan Parade.

On Saturday, April 9, the Carnoustie Pipe Band will march down Carnoustie High Street, followed by many exciting groups including the Saints and Sinners Motorcycle Club.

Joining the parade are dog owners and their dogs! Both canines and masters are asked to come tartan clad with a trophy offered to the best Tartan outfit.

There are several events which are now an institution of the Tartan Day celebrations including the Tartan Shop Window Competitions, the Tartan Day Business Lunch and, the prestigious Tartan Day Gala Dinner, when guests from all over the world will gather at Carnoustie Golf Hotel to celebrate Scotland’s achievements.

As well as picking up a programme, information about Tartan Day events can be found at www.tartandayscotland.com.