Son of Arbroath delivers ‘Declaration’

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The Arbroath creator of a national tartan celebrating the pride of Scotland has delivered his creation in person to the country’s tartan archive.

Steven Patrick Sim took his creation, the Declaration tartan to the Scottish Register of Tartans at the National Records of Scotland, General Register House in Edinburgh on September 18, to have it properly recorded and preserved.

The design was originally made public in the run up to the Referendum and attracted a lot of interest online, and it was officially recognised on St Andrew’s Day 2014. The Register asks that samples of all new tartans are kept for posterity, a requirement that Steven was only too happy to oblige. Steven said: “It was round about the Referendum that all the excitement was happening. I just felt I was almost duty bound to deliver this tartan by hand because so many people had been inspired and captivated by it.

“It was something really special and I wanted to mark the occasion by delivering it by hand. It was also the first official outing for the tartan and a great day out in Edinburgh!”

While he was there Steven received a special guided tour of the Register and spoke to staff about his creation and his other designs which include the Red Lichtie, The Bell Rock Lighthouse and one he was commissioned to design for the Dundee Carers Centre. He concluded: “I feel privileged and thrilled. It’s almost like it has gone through the full creation cycle and now it has been preserved for future generations.”

To see more of his designs visit his Facebook page The Tartan Artisan.