ARBROATH’S very own tartan was recently given the seal of approval by the community council.
On October 5, The Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council (RBACC) approved the ‘Red Lichtie Tartan’ designed by local man Steven Patrick Sim.
Graphic designer Steven’s passion for tartan was the driving force behind the project, which he hopes will provide a way to reintroduce a sense of community spirit to Arbroath.
During the design process Steven was in close contact with the Tartan Register in Edinburgh which was able to confirm that his ‘Red Lichtie’ pattern was unique.
The tartan was then registered after the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council supplied a letter of consent.
Steven said: “I had the privilege of presenting the Red Lichtie tartan to the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council at their meeting on September 26.
“I presented the idea that the tartan could be adopted as Arbroath’s official district tartan. Given the fact that the name is over 550 years old, and has been regarded with much affection by Arbroathians everywhere, at home and overseas, it just made sense to me.
“Tartan unites people. I am hoping that, if even in just a small way, the Red Lichtie tartan brings the folks of Arbroath together.
“If it does then I have accomplished something special. Maybe you can help me? Let’s all get positive. Arbroath is our town, and our beloved home! Let us all look after her and make her feel great again.”
The Red Lichtie tartan uses the maximum number of colours allowed, which is six, including two shades of red and a gold thread to represent the Arbroath portcullis from the burgh coat of arms.
According to Steven this creates a total of 21 shades of colour in the finished weave.
There has been a global reaction to Steven’s work, with his Facebook page reaching over 4,000 people by the time of going to press.
He has received congratulatory comments from former Lichties and tartan enthusiasts from as far afield as Canada.
A lady called Carol wrote to him: “Greetings from Canada and congratulations on your beautiful new tartan. It is truly the most gorgeous one that I have seen registered in a long while, and therefore, I was inspired to write to you.
“Your colour choices are wonderful and it is a very striking sett.”
Steven hopes to use this opportunity to generate some positivity as part of a concept he is referring to as ‘The Light of Scotland’.
He explained: “If this ‘Red Licht’ as a tartan can even in a small way unify the people of Arbroath, is it not possible that this same ‘Scottish Licht’ might inspire the people of Scotland to think more positively and to start working together?
“So, I think the Red Lichtie tartan can have that message. It’s not just a ‘light’ for Arbroath, but a ‘light’ for all of Scotland.”
You can follow the story of the Red Lichtie tartan and Steven’s future projects by visiting www.facebook.com/theTartanArtisan or www.thetartanartisan.com.