Weather fails to spoil Tartan Day

The Sinners Motorcycle Club were part of the Tartan Parade in Carnoustie on Saturday morning.
The Sinners Motorcycle Club were part of the Tartan Parade in Carnoustie on Saturday morning.

CARNOUSTIE folk braved the threatening clouds to enjoy the festivities at the Tartan Day Parade and Fayre at the weekend.

On Saturday residents and visitors had the chance to sample a wide range of locally sourced Scottish themed entertainment and produce.

Chairman of the Carnoustie Business Association, Peter Burke, was delighted with the response. He said: “There was a good turnout considering the weather. We are very pleased with it, a good level of footfall as we say. Hopefully there were lots more people than normal.

“I think it was a good economic boost and hopefully there were some people from out of town who came to see what was going on.”

The Tartan Day Fayre opened mid-morning with stalls in the Comrie Hall, the Philip Hall, the British Legion clubrooms and also outdoor pitches at the Fairway Garage.

Mr Burke continued: “Our lone piper, Craig Weir, opened the fayre and wandered from hall to hall and Blazin’ Brass were playing down at the Fairway at 11 a.m.

“Then Carnoustie and District Pipe Band marched up the High Street followed by the Sinners Motorcycle Club all kilted up and with their piper on the back.”

There were no empty spaces and stallholders offered a wide selection of items, from cakes and candles, to jewellery, handbags and artwork.

Mr Burke said: “There was a good selection at the Scottish Fayre of Scottish craft goods.

“All the stalls were taken. We weren’t massively over-subscribed because it’s a bit different from the Christmas Fayre which is quite specialised. The mid-year fayre is more ‘ordinary’ so to speak.”

According to the chairman, their response was very encouraging. He continued: “The stallholders on the whole were very pleased and there were no complaints.

“As far as CBA concerned it was very successful. We are becoming more and more practised at how we manage it and that was reflected in the feedback.”

Community groups also took part. The Kinloch Centre Action Group ran a presentation and sold merchandise to support their project, while Carnoustie Canine Capers raised awareness of their Green Dog Walker campaign.

Any money raised during this and other CBA organised events will ultimately go to charity. Mr Burke explained: “As we are a non-profit making group we have more than covered our costs and at the end of the year we will disperse any extra funds to local good causes.”

There was also some financial assistance in the shape of a grant from Angus Council’s External Funding scheme.

The chairman added: “We are very grateful to our local policeman Mark Callison who was very helpful, all the people who hired out the halls to us, Kirsty MacDonald at the British Legion and Mr Robertson at the Philip Hall. We are grateful to everybody, all the stall holders, entertainers and everybody who came out. Having done it two years running successfully this will hopefully become a regular feature.”

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