Tartan Week touches thousands

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Tartan Week revellers numbered in their thousands this year, attracted by the many and varied events on offer.

There was plenty for all the family in the series of events orchestrated by Angus Ahead to celebrate Scotland and which kicked off on April 5 with the Arbroath Homecoming Weekend.

Free entry to Arbroath Abbey, a medieval encampment, a Taste of Scotland fete at Arbroath harbour and an historical musical play from Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents (HAAR) on life in a 19th century fishing village at the Signal Tower Museum, proved a big draw.

On Sunday over 3,000 people followed the massed ranks of pipers from Arbroath, Carnoustie, Brechin and Forfar to the Abbey where the signing of the Declaration of Independence was re-enacted.

Angus Nairn, who plays the Earl of Moray for Arbroath Abbey Timethemes said: “This is the biggest crowd I’ve seen at the re-enactment since 1947.

“To finally be able to re-enact this historic event within the Abbey’s walls was so special and brought back so many memories.”

The best dressed shop window competition was won by Bright House in the Abbeygate and Arbroath Lifeboat was judged the best dressed boat.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald, who judged the best dressed shop said: ““I was astounded by the effort the retailers, from both local shops and nationwide chains, had put into embellishing their shop windows.

“Every year, the Tartan Day Scotland Festival gets bigger and better. The success of this Angus-wide festival is largely thanks to the local people, businesses and organisations who put so much effort, enthusiasm and hard work into providing a first class programme of very special events and activities.”

For more details visit www.tartandayscotland.com