Tartan Day plans coming together

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With the launch of the programme for the 2015 Tartan Day Scotland Festival there’s plenty on offer throughout Angus.

One of the first major events will be the West Links Family Fun Day in Arbroath on Saturday, April 4. The free event includes a visit from Animal Man’s Family Zoo and marks the reopening of all the popular beachfront attractions.

Tartan Day At Arbroath Abbey on April 6 will be one of the festival’s key events and will be held within the Abbey’s sandstone walls.

Douglas Wilson, commercial business manager for Historic Scotland hopes that the free event will encourage more people into the Abbey. He said: “We are delighted to once again offer free entry to the Abbey on the 6th April. We’re looking forward to welcoming people through our doors as part of the wider Tartan Day celebrations.”

Then at 1.20 p.m., the medieval nobility of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will re-enact the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at the Abbey’s High Altar, the inspiration for the festival.

There will also be a needlework demonstration by the ladies of the Royal Court in the Abbot’s House, a Benedictine monk giving tours, a talk and guided tour by Historic Scotland learning officer Jim Tollerton on the Abbey’s history, and storyteller Sylvia Troon will bring her stories alive with puppets. In addition, there will be live music in the Abbey Courtyard, including a performance by highly-popular local band Trybe.

During the festival there will be special Tartan Day menus at The Bell Rock Restaurant featuring Arbroath Smokies and Sugar & Spice will offer smoked fish and bacon ramekins, chicken stuffed with haggis and whisky and clootie dumpling.

For more information, and the full list of events visit at www.tartandayscotland.com.