Following months of planning, organisers have announced details of several of the key events which will take place during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013, which runs from March 29 until April 7.
Tartan Day - the annual global celebration of Scotland, the Scots and all things Scottish - was inspired by the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320. As part of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, this historic event will be re-enacted by members of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes at the original site of the signing, Arbroath Abbey, at 1.20 p.m. on April 6.
“As we approach the 700th anniversary of this event, it’s important that we ensure as many people as possible are aware of the significance of the Declaration of Arbroath in the history of Scotland and, as it’s often described as the foundation stone of modern democracy, in the history of the world,” said Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus.
“The re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath will play a vital part in this, as will the many other events which will take place in and around the county of Angus during this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.”
Another of the festival’s key events will be the Tayroots Family History Day at Discovery Point on April 5, which will provide anyone keen to discover more about their ancestors and the lives they led with instant access to a wide range of resources and experts. The Tayroots Family History Day will include a talk by the highly-regarded genealogist Chris Paton, while Malcolm Valentine, a descendant of one of Dundee’s famous publishing families will reveal the part photographs can play when tracing a family tree.
In addition, Norman Watson, The Courier’s antiques’ expert, will discuss ‘Family Treasures’ and Marie Dougan will hold two workshops - one for novice family historians and another for those who are more experienced in genealogy.
A fascinating talk - ‘A Tartan Journey’ - will take place in Montrose Museum on April 3, when well-known local author and newspaper columnist Angus Whitson will, highly-appropriately, focus on tartan.
“I’ve had an interest in tartan for some time,” revealed Angus, who has designed three tartans, including the Bamse Tartan commemorating Montrose’s famous sea-faring dog, and his family’s Whitson Tartan.
“Tartan is the fabric of our nation and, as there are also Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Breton tartans, it’s also the link in the chain that binds together the Celtic nations who live along ‘The Tartan Fringe’.”
Tartan will also be to the fore on the evening of April 3 at the Tartan Day Fashion Show and Dinner at Carnoustie Golf Hotel.
Models from Tartan Spirit, one of Scotland’s top fashion houses, will take to the catwalk to showcase the company’s stunning designs, including mini kilts, high couture evening dresses and breathtaking wedding dresses.
Tartan is only one of many items which Scotland is famous for – the country’s fresh produce is also in high demand. The very best of local meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetables and fruit will be available at Angus Farmer’s Market in Montrose on Saturday, April 6, as well as traditional delicacies such as home-made jams and marmalades, freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries and, of course, tablet, coconut ice and fudge just like Grannie used to make!
For more information about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013, visit www.tartandayscotland.com or contact 01307 473262.
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