AN ARBROATH man is hoping to be the first person to get married in the new official town tartan.
Ian Adair hopes to wear a Red Lichtie tartan for his wedding to Lyndee Cooper on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Getting his hands on one of the first Red Lichtie kilts would be just one more fairytale element to a story fit for a Hollywood ‘rom-com’.
Ian and Lyndee met just over a year ago, but their courtship actually began in a rather unusual way.
Ian, who works on the buses explained: “It was quite crazy how we met. We kept waving to each other on the passing while we were driving the bus around the town.”
This went on for a while before Ian bravely decided to keep his mobile ‘phone number on a piece of paper in his pocket on the off-chance he could pass it to the mystery woman.
Then one day on his daily route Ian spotted Lyndee. He explained: “We were coming along Millgate Loan when I saw her, I jumped out of the bus and ran over to her.
“She asked me if I was stalking her and I asked her if she was stalking me. I gave her my number and 10 minutes later she got in touch. We just clicked and we’ve been together ever since.
“Nervous? I was actually. I was really nervous. I kept asking myself ‘do I do this or not?’ In the end I jumped off a moving bus!”
Now the final touch for their special day would be for Ian to wear the first Red Lichtie kilt. He said: “I saw the pictures on Facebook and I said to Lyndee, ‘I like that, that would be nice for the wedding.’
“We’d actually looked at getting Scotland the Brave for the tartan, but it would be amazing just to have that, it would make a beautiful kilt.”
The story came to light when Red Lichtie tartan designer Steven Patrick Sim met with the couple to present them with a Red Lichtie stein.
Steven explained: “Ian was the 100th liker and got the free stein. He’s been a keen supporter of the whole Red Lichtie tartan and he thinks it’s a great idea for Arbroath, something that could really pull the whole town together.
“I’m hoping the kilts are going to be ready for the beginning of February. I’m in contact with the mill about that.
“There’s a reasonable chance but I don’t want to give a guarantee. I’m really pushing the Lochcarron mill on it. I told them there was a chance of a Red Lichtie wedding and to push it forward to have it ready in time.
“It’s definitely something I’m hoping for, but I can’t guarantee it at this stage.”