Arbroath showcased in the United States

Craig Ferguson chats with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmon at Arbroath Abbey in Scotland for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to air during the week of May 14 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS '�2012 Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved
Craig Ferguson chats with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmon at Arbroath Abbey in Scotland for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to air during the week of May 14 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS '�2012 Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

ARBROATH features heavily in a CBS promotional video for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson which will be screened in the United States of America on May 14.

The opening show will feature an interview with First Minister Alex Salmond, which was recorded at Arbroath Abbey where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed by the nobility of Scotland in 1320.

In his interview, the First Minister confirms that the United States Constitution was modelled on the Declaration of Arbroath and suggests that about half the signatories were of Scottish descent.

At the beginning of filming, the First Minister presented Craig with a bottle of Irn Bru - Craig is from Cumbernauld where Irn Bru is bottled; a haggis - Craig famously has a vegetarian haggis on his desk in the show because imported haggis is currently banned by the US because its food standards agency prohibits sheep lungs in food products; and a compendium of Burns poems.

While at the Abbey, Mr Salmond also met Rashida Jones, the Hollywood actress and daughter of Quincy Jones, who was appearing on the show.

Other views of Arbroath include the harbour, local fish merchant Bill Spink, the bus from Kerr’s Miniature Railway, the miniature railway itself and the Arbroath sea front.

The Imagineers song ‘Imagineer’ was chosen by The Late Late Show CBS for the promotional video which also features First Minister Alex Salmond, Michael Clark Duncan, of ‘The Green Mile’ fame; and Mila Kunis, from ‘That ‘70s Show’ and the film, ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’.

During his visit to Monifieth earlier this week, First Minister Alex Salmond told the Herald: “When I was speaking to Craig Ferguson he was saying he hadn’t spent much time in this part of Scotland and he was very impressed with it.

“It was very cold at the Abbey but the staff were great.

“The Late Late Show is one of the most important network shows in the USA. To get a slot on that to talk about Arbroath and Angus in the setting of Arbroath Abbey was just fantastic. I think I managed to mention the Abbey about five times during the whole thing.”

Angus Council tourism spokesperson David Valentine welcomed the video.

He said: “Having this video shown on the new television series for CBS in the US is a great promotion for us. The video captures some tremendous shots of local tourism venues and facilities .

“What’s more, the sun is shining and the music is lively and upbeat! We are delighted that people around the world will learn what we’ve got to offer here in Angus.

“Our Tartan Day festival each April, the world renowned Abbey and the story of the Declaration are already well-known and attract many visitors, but this video provides the opportunity to tell people more about what we have on offer.”

The film link can be viewed on the Angus Ahead site at www.angusahead.com