Tartan Week triumphs again

The signing of the declaration of Arbroath at the Abbey on Saturday as part of Tartan week.
The signing of the declaration of Arbroath at the Abbey on Saturday as part of Tartan week.

ANGUS’ Tartan Week celebrations of all things Scottish drew to a close at the weekend.

Over 50 events took place throughout Angus to mark the Tartan Day Scotland Festival and covered everything from tartan fashion to heritage workshops and historical reenactments.

One event was the Tartan Spirit fashion show which took place in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel last Wednesday and showcased the latest in tartan chic.

Louise Cardno from Arbroath, who won tickets for the fashion show was pleasantly surprised. She said: “I’ve never thought of tartan as cool and trendy, I definitely do now!”

On Saturday the main event in Arbroath and no doubt a highlight for many visitors was the reenactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in the Arbroath Abbey forecourt.

Once again members of the Arbroath Abbey Timethemes, in full medieval regalia, took on the roles of the Scottish nobility for the historic signing of April 6, 1320.

Following the re-enactment, King Robert the Bruce was greeted by one of his loyal knights, Fergus the Fearless of Clackmannan, also known as five-year-old Fergus Bone.

According to his mum Jenni, the Bone family had travelled especially from Clackmannan so that history buff Fergus could see the reenactment.

Fergus said: “That was great, and the very best part was getting my photograph taken with Robert the Bruce!”

Arbroath’s own tartan designer in chief, Steven Patrick Sim, also took part in the celebrations, giving his Red Lichtie tartan its first public appearance and also to officially launch the Bell Rock Lighthouse 200th Anniversary Tartan.

One of Steven’s many customers this week was former Arbroath man and Canadian emigre Jeff Skea who had returned especially for Tartan Week.

Steven said: “Jeff returned to Canada with a suitcase full of Red Lichtie Tartan. He even bought a custom-made Red Lichtie coat for his Yorkshire Terrier!”

Another of the festival’s main events was the Tayroots Family History Day on April 5, when family historians from across Scotland travelled to Dundee’s Discovery Point to find out more about tracing their ancestors.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald was delighted to learn of the success of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013.

She said: “It’s wonderful how the people of Angus joined in with the many celebrations which took place during this week’s festival to mark Tartan Day.

“Tartan Day is held on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath so put a date in your diary now for April 6, 2020 - the 700th anniversary of this historical event.

“That will be a day when the eyes of the world will certainly turn to Arbroath and the county of Angus.”

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