Red Lichtie goes Down Under

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THE FIRST kilt made from Arbroath’s new official tartan has been sold, to a Lichtie down under!

The very first Red Lichtie kilt has been bought by former Arbroath man, Neil Millar, who now lives in Queensland, Australia.

The Red Lichtie tartan, created by Arbroath graphic designer Steven Patrick Sim, has already been adopted as the official tartan of the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council and recognised at the Scottish Parliament.

Steven is taking pre-orders for kilts for the first run of the tartan from the Lochcarron of Scotland mill, and has already sold four, but was delighted to see Neil, an old friend, claim the first one.

He said: “The first Red Lichtie Kilt is going to Australia, how mad is that? I think it’s cool.

“I’m ecstatic, I’m really chuffed that my old friend from so long ago is getting that first kilt, I would like to see the people of Arbroath adopting it.

“He’s opted for a sports kilt, he deliberated about the weight, living in a hot environment like Australia.”

Neil said: “I’m quite excited to see the finished product as I know just how much time and effort Steven has put into the tartan.

“I was surprised to be the first person to get one due to all the interest I’ve seen on Facebook but when he told me it did bring a massive smile to my face.

“I’d love to see the town and businesses really embrace this idea. It’s a very visual spin on community spirit and unity, something I think we could all do with more of.

“I have a wedding to attend in September and I will be proudly wearing the Red Lichtie there.”