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What a ‘Darling’ new tartan!

Tartan times: Darlings Coffee Shop shift manager Kevin Smith (centre) models the ENABLE Scotland tartan tie alongside his colleagues from left - Julia Aitken, supervisor and Chantele Gibbon.

Tartan times: Darlings Coffee Shop shift manager Kevin Smith (centre) models the ENABLE Scotland tartan tie alongside his colleagues from left - Julia Aitken, supervisor and Chantele Gibbon.

Arbroath’s own Darling’s Coffee Shop was the venue for the launch of a special tartan to celebrate the diamond anniversary of a national charity.

Learning disability charity ENABLE Scotland runs the social enterprise cafe on Arbroath High Street and chose it to premiere the specially commissioned tartan on Tuesday as part of the Tartan Week celebrations.

The official 60th birthday of the charity was on Wednesday and throughout the week the staff at Darling’s have been wearing the tartan in their uniforms and decorating the cafe with tartan pennants.

ENABLE Scotland has a long history campaigning with its members to bring about positive change for people who have learning disabilities and their families.

As such the thread count of the ENABLE Scotland tartan, which is used to design the tartan, has quite a story to tell.

The ENABLE Scotland tartan was produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of 10 parents meeting in 1954 to form an organisation that would support parents in Scotland with children who had learning disabilities.

The bright orange running through the tartan highlights that boys and girls continue to be born every day in Scotland with learning disabilities, or develop them later in life, making ENABLE Scotland’s work as relevant and necessary now as it was in 1954.

The colours used in the tartan are ENABLE Scotland’s official colours.

The bolt of tartan will now be turned into ENABLE Scotland tartan scarves and ties, ensuring the charity is ready to celebrate its diamond anniversary in style with its members and supporters.

In recognition of the special occasion and the Tartan Week celebrations Darling’s Coffee Shop is offering a Tartan Day Menu featuring ‘Rabbie Burns’ Big Breakfast’; steak, stovies and oatcakes; clootie dumpling and cream.

 

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