Tartan preparations already under way

JUST AS the St Andrew’s Day celebrations have died down, plans have been announced for another major celebration of Scots and all things Scottish – the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013.

Tartan Day is an annual, global event which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath Abbey on April 6, 1320, and the entire county of Angus leads the Scottish celebrations.

Angus Provost, Helen Oswald, said: “Since Tartan Day was first celebrated in Angus in 2004, more and more Tartan Day events have been held here every year. So we are all looking forward to next year’s celebrations.

“Angus Council aims to see Angus as the focal point of national and international Tartan Day celebrations by 2020, the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath. The Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013 is an important step towards achieving this.”

Since 2004, all manner of events and activities have taken place under the Tartan Day Scotland banner and the Provost stressed that the only stipulation is that the very best of Scotland or, in this area, Angus, is highlighted. “Scotland – and Angus – has a lot to be proud of and the Tartan Day Scotland Festival is our opportunity to shout about our achievements, past, present and future,” added the Provost.

Businesses, community groups and organisations across Angus who would like to hold an event or activity during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013 should call 01307 473226 or email blackg@angus.gov.uk by January 11, 2013. This will ensure inclusion in the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013 programme and on www.tartandayscotland.com.

In 2012, local Tartan Day activities included the re-enactment of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, several ceilidhs, a comedy evening, the rousing Tartan Day Debate and a parade featuring bagpipes, drums and motorbikes.

Many local restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés also offered Tartan Day menus featuring Scottish dishes and local produce.

There will be regular updates and news items on the Tartan Day Scotland Facebook page – simply ‘like’ the page to keep up to date with Tartan Day Scotland news, events and activities.

In Angus Tartan Week will run from Friday, March 29, until Sunday, April 7.