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Homecoming in Arbroath

Carnoustie and District Pipe Band parade along High Street as part of recent Tartan Day celebrations. Picture courtesy www.tartandayscotland.com.

Carnoustie and District Pipe Band parade along High Street as part of recent Tartan Day celebrations. Picture courtesy www.tartandayscotland.com.

Major events will be held in Arbroath for the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2014 which takes place across Angus from April 5 to 13.

The Tartan Day Scotland Homecoming Weekend in Arbroath will kick off with a ceilidh organised by Arbroath and Area Partnership on the evening of Friday, April 4.

Throughout the weekend, there will be guided tours of Arbroath Abbey. There will also be a medieval encampment in the grounds and craft demonstrations.

The town’s maritime heritage will be in the spotlight at Arbroath Harbour. At the Taste of Angus event in the fish market, foodies will be able to sample the very best of local produce, including freshly-caught seafood and, of course, Arbroath Smokies. The visitor centre overlooking Arbroath Marina will host demonstrations of traditional fishing skills, while the nearby Signal Tower Museum will be the backdrop for sea shanties, storytelling and re-enactments of the lives of the local fisher families in days long gone.

Saturday’s Homecoming Scotland celebrations will also feature street performers and live music on High Street and guided walks of the Abbey graveyard and, as darkness falls, the town’s most haunted spots.

A Tayroots Family History Day will be held on Sunday, April 6, at the Webster Memorial Theatre. This will consist of talks from leading genealogists and historians and the chance for people from near and far to seek advice and information.

At lunchtime that day, the Massed Angus Pipe Bands will lead the way to Arbroath Abbey, where Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will re-enact the April 6, 1320, Signing of the Declaration of Arbroath. For the first time in many years, this ceremony will take place within the walls of Arbroath Abbey.

Arbroath’s Tartan Day Scotland Homecoming Weekend will conclude with a display of the archives of Auchmithie and a screening of vintage local film footage in the Webster Theatre.

 

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