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April 6 is Tartan Day, the global celebration of Scotland and the Scots – and the just-launched Tartan Day Scotland programme reveals that, from March 30 until April 8, Angus will be at the heart of the festivities.

Over 50 events are taking place across Angus to celebrate Tartan Day Scotland, with something for all the family. From Scottish-themed events such as Highland Dancing competitions, country dancing evenings, music by local pipe bands, ceilidhs, craft fairs and the ever-popular Speaking of Scotland debate, there are also storytelling sessions (including a musical story for children by Scottish Opera), wildlife watching sessions, quiz nights, comedy nights and a fabulous street parade.

Tartan Day Scotland commemorates the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320 and the re-enactment of this historic event on April 6, 2012 at the mighty gates to Arbroath’s medieval abbey will undoubtedly be one of the week’s highlights.

“Tartan Day Scotland is always commemorated in style and with great enthusiasm by the people of Angus,” said Provost Ruth Leslie Melville. “In fact, it’s so popular, we need ten days for our Tartan Day celebrations!”

This year, locally-based, multi-national pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is sponsoring Tartan Day Scotland.

“In the 60th anniversary year of GlaxoSmithKline in Montrose, we’re delighted to once again be involved in supporting the Tartan Day celebrations in the county which so effectively bring together the local communities and highlight many of the wonderful aspects of living and working in Angus,” said Brian Rice of GlaxoSmithKline.

The full programme of events is available at www.tartandayscotland.com

In addition, the Tartan Day Angus Events Guide has just been published – and there’s now a Tartan Day Scotland page on Facebook. Simply by ‘liking’ this Facebook page, you’ll be automatically kept up to date with what’s happening, including any new additions to the Tartan Day programme.

This year, a host of restaurants, pubs and cafés across the county are offering special Tartan Day dishes, with fresh, local ingredients to the fore.

A new addition to the Tartan Day Scotland programme is the ‘My Angus’ Photographic Competition that invites Angus residents – adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils – to submit a photograph they’ve taken which showcases what Angus means to them.

Entries should be submitted to local ACCESS offices by March 16, 2012. The winner from each category will receive a digital camera and their photograph will be exhibited in Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre throughout the week of celebrations.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville is one of the judges of this competition and explained that, for her, one view perfectly captures Angus.

“The scene from the Scott Memorial in Glen Prosen encapsulates everything that I love about Angus and also typifies the people of this amazing county,” said the Provost.

“A beautiful, unexpectedly intimate and yet all-encompassing landscape unfolds before you, offering everything from the mellow to the wild and dramatic.”

The Tartan Day Angus Events Guide and the ‘My Angus’ Photographic Competition leaflet are available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus and also at www.tartandayscotland.com.