Another successful Tartan Day

CARNOUSTIE marked Tartan Day with another successful parade and fair according to the organisers.

On Saturday Carnoustie Development Group put on the Carnoustie Tartan Day Parade and Fair in glorious weather.

The Tartan Parade in Carnoustie on Saturday morning.

The Tartan Parade in Carnoustie on Saturday morning.

At around 10.30 a.m. Carnoustie and District Pipe Band marched down High Street to the fair which was being held in the Philip, Comrie and Cadet halls at the corner of Links Avenue.

Inside the Philip Hall visitors had the chance to sample the tasty pancakes of town councillor and Angus Provost Mrs Helen Oswald and were served tea and coffee by members of the Carnoustie Gala Committee.

Next door in the Comrie Hall and the Cadet Hall were a number of stalls selling a wide range of goods, such as handcrafted gifts, cards, home baking, preserves and bespoke jewellery.

Peter Burke, chair of the Carnoustie Development Group and one of the organisers, was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “There were probably about 200 people, it’s difficult to tell. Last year there was a big crowd waiting outside the Philip Hall but that didn’t happen this time, but there was certainly more than 200 people this year.

“It was a good turnout considering it had been so cold, but the sun was shining and the sky was blue, as it usually is on Tartan Day, so we can’t complain!”

According to Peter the stallholders did a roaring trade and feedback had been positive. He said: “It seemed to ebb and flow but the fairs were bustling most of the time. Most of the stallholders seemed to achieve their sales targets and were happy with the results.

“We do a feedback survey at the end of the day while the stallholders are tidying up and out of five the average score was 4.6, so it was pretty good on the whole.”

Next on the agenda for the Carnoustie Development Group is the Christmas Fair which has become a mainstay in the town’s events calendar.

Peter said: “Having had another successful Tartan Day we are looking forward to an even more successful Christmas Fair, as we do every year.

“We’ve been running the Christmas Fair for five years, first as the Carnoustie Business Association and more recently as the Carnoustie Development Group and they have been on the whole a success.

“Also, to coincide with the turning on of the Christmas lights we’ll be working with the community council to arrange another mini fair as we did last year.”

Peter added: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part and also the police for their help and support on the day.”

Carnoustie Development Group ran two competitions during Tartan Week which ended on Saturday.

Winner of the ‘So you think you know Scotland’ quiz was Jim Hamilton who received £20 cash from Links to Scotland and Jorja Stulker won £10 cash courtesy of the Fobel Shop for her entry in the ‘Spot the Thistle’ competition.