Tartan Day Spring Fair an outstanding success

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ORGANISERS of the Carnoustie Spring Fair which took place on Saturday say they couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Hundreds of people turned out to support the event, which marks Tartan Week and the warm sunny weather ensured it was one of the biggest celebrations to date.

Crowds were entertained by the Carnoustie Pipe Band and the Sinners Motorcycle Club and they were also able to enjoy a fair, which was officially opened by Councillor David Valentine, in the Fairway Garage car park which was selling a variety of local and home made food along with ethnic clothing.

Traditional contests including the knobbly knees competition and neep rolling also took place, and a barbecue and Scottish beer tasting in the Kinloch Arms Hotel was followed by a performance from live band Gleadhraich.

The fair is organised by Carnoustie Business Association with all profits being donated to the Help Chloe and Ayley Walk fund.

And business association chairman Peter Burke was overwhelmed by how the event had gone.

He said: “I am delighted with the support of local people and also grateful to organisations such as the Gala Committee, the community council, the local police and particularly Angus Council for their support and encouragement.

“We hope to do it bigger and better next year.”

Kathleen Crowe, who is secretary of the Business Association, was also thrilled and couldn’t believe how many people turned up to join in with the event.

She added: “It was absolutely fabulous and it was great to see so many people out on the High Street.

“We were worried that not many people would turn up but as soon as Craig Weir the lone piper helped to start the event, it seemed like people just turned up out of nowhere.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day and now we will start looking towards next year.”

Competition winners were: Guess the teddy’s wedding day, Helen McRae; You think you know Scotland quiz, M. Wilkie; Knobbly knees, Paul Weir and Best Tartan Day shop window, Craig Murray, Angus Trophy Centre.