Plans well in hand for this year’s county-wide Tartan Day celebration

The massed pipe bands of Angus march into Arbroath Abbey last year.
The massed pipe bands of Angus march into Arbroath Abbey last year.

Following the success of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014, plans aree currently in hand for this year’s celebration of Scotland and the Scots.As always the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which this year will be held across the county from April 3-12 and attracts visitors from far and near, will feature several key events, including a commemoration of the Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, almost 700 years after the historic event.

The festival also has a tradition of featuring a popular programme of locally-run events and, in previous years, this has included fun runs, haggis hurling competitions, highland dancing festivals, farmers’ markets, special exhibitions, ceilidhs, pipe bands and live music.

In addition, many local restaurants, pubs, cafés and bistros join in with the fun by offering special Tartan Day menus, eaturing traditional Scottish dishes or dishes highlighting Scottish delicacies.

To ensure as many people as possible participate in this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival, community groups, organisations and businesses are being encouraged to get involved by organising their own Scottish-themed events, competitions or providing special menus.

Activities taking place during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, and the Tartan Day menus, will be featured in the festival’s online programme of events. This will be available on the festival’s website while events, activities and menus will also be promoted free on the Tartan Day Scotland Facebook page.

To be included in the online programme and featured on Facebook, organisers planning Scottish-themed events and activities, as well as eating places planning Tartan Day menus during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2015, can submit information at www.tartandayscotland.com/submitevent or by calling 01307 473226 by February 20.

Entries are also now being accepted for the annual Tartan Treasures writing competition, another of the festival’s elements. Information can be found at www.tartandayscotland.com/treasures