Countdown to Tartan Day

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IT’S TIME to look out your tartan, dig out your kilt or simply wear your Scottish pride on your sleeve! Today (Friday) eight days of celebrations will spark into life across the county of Angus, marking the start of Tartan Day Scotland 2012.

Tartan Day is celebrated across the globe on April 6, the date of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 - a pivotal event in Scottish history and, as it also sowed the seeds of democracy, world history.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville stated: “Our county played an important part in many chapters of the story of Scotland but the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is known across the globe and is the reason Scotland and the Scots are celebrated every April 6.

“It is wonderful that, almost 700 years since Robert The Bruce signed this historic document, Angus has not one but eight days of special events to commemorate Tartan Day and to highlight the very best of Scotland – and of Angus.”

With over 50 events being held in the county as part of Tartan Day Scotland, which is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to go in the local area between today and Sunday, April 8.

In fact, Tartan Day revellers have a fabulous choice of special events this year, from delicious gourmet suppers to toe-tapping family ceilidhs; from bracing dog walks to cuddly teddy bears’ picnics; from brain-testing quizzes to tempting Scottish menus. There almost literally is something for everyone!

“It is wonderful how the communities, organisations and businesses of Angus always come up with such a diverse range of Tartan Day events,” said Brian Rice of GlaxoSmithKline, headline sponsors of Tartan Day Scotland.

“Every year, there’s something new to experience, such as Scottish Opera telling a musical story to children at Arbroath Library, but there are also the events which are now considered a traditional part of the Angus Tartan Day celebrations, including the Speaking of Scotland debate, live music in pubs and Pipe Bands, highland dancing competitions and craft fairs.”

The annual tartan themed open day takes place at Hospitalfield House on Sunday and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Attractions will include a high calibre fine arts and designer craftsmen’s fair; visits to the HOPE garden; and delicious sandwiches and tasty home baking in the Friends of Hospitalfield Cafe. Patrons can purchase Hospitalfield House merchandise, such as the recently published book on the history of the facility and learn about the Friends of Hospitalfield and the masterclass programme.

At 2 p.m. a musical interlude will be provided by the Inchcape Ceilidh Band in the picture gallery and members of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will mingle in period dress in the Cedar Room. Or why not join an Easter drop in craft workshop with a tartan theme and make a gift for someone special.

Visitors will have access to Patrick Allan-Fraser’s studio and the Kinpurnie print studio where they will see local printmaker Eugen Jarych at work. They can wander round the house and grounds freely or take a £2 tour of the house, available every half an hour from 11.30 a.m. onwards.

For more information about all Tartan Day events, pick up The Tartan Day Angus Events Guide from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus or visit

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