Arbroath central to tartan festival

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Arbroath will be the destination of choice next year with big plans for Tartan Day revealed at a special event today (Saturday).

The declaration was made by Angus Provost Helen Oswald at the launch of the 2014 Tartan Day Scotland Festival at Arbroath Abbey this afternoon.

She said: “ Arbroath will be the place to visit next April. The Tartan Day Scotland Festival has been embraced by the people, communities and businesses of Angus and, as a result of this major new event, next year’s Tartan Day celebrations will be even bigger and better.”

The festival marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 and runs from April 5 to 13 next year, with a special two day homecoming event taking place in Arbroath opening celebrations.

Mrs Oswald continued: “This major event is expected to attract high numbers of local, national and international visitors to Arbroath and the surrounding area.

“The Tartan Day Scotland Homecoming event will enable people who live locally to find out more about the part their town played in Scotland’s history, will encourage visitors from across Scotland to explore Angus and, in the Year of Homecoming Scotland, will entice members of the Scottish Diaspora with an Arbroath connection to follow in the footsteps of their Red Lichtie ancestors.”

Although plans are at an early stage of development it is understood that Arbroath Abbey, the High Street and Arbroath Harbour will feature heavily in the two-day festival programme.

For the full story pic up a copy of the Arbroath Herald on Friday.