Town ready for Tartan Day

LIVE music, an exhibition and market will form part of Montrose’s events for Tartan Day Scotland, celebrations for which begin this weekend.

Starting on Friday the celebrations, which commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, include more than 50 events across Angus including Highland Dancing competitions, country dancing evenings, local pipe bands, ceilidhs, storytelling sessions, wildlife watching sessions and quiz nights.

Ending next Sunday, April 8, the festivities will also include a historic re-enactment, at the gates of Arbroath’s historic mediaeval abbey on Friday, April 6, the anniversary of the signing of the declaration.

In Montrose there will be live music at the Picture House in Hume Street on Saturday between 9.30pm and 12.30am, while on Sunday, between 12pm and 4pm, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre will open for its new season.

On Monday, April 2, celebrations marking the 450th anniversary of Montrose’s golf course get under way at 9am at the Medal Course’s first tee when the first recorded game of golf on the links will be recreated.

Local produce will be showcased at the Angus Farmers’ Market, which will be held on the High Street between 9am and 1pm on Saturday, April 7. An exhibition and sale of work by Scottish artists will be held in Hillside Village Hall between 11am and 4.30pm the same day and there will be more live music at the Picture House between 9.30pm and 12.30am.

Restaurants, pubs and cafés across the county are offering special Tartan Day dishes, with fresh local ingredients to the fore and throughout the week the George Hotel and Park Hotel will feature Scottish-themed menus while the Picture House will hold its own culinary celebration on Tartan Day, Friday, April 6.

The full programme of events is available at www.tartandayscotland.com and updates will be available through the Tartan Day Scotland page on Facebook.