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Issued: 4 March 2004

Welcome Home: Tartan Day Comes To Scotland

Angus to Host First Tartan Day Celebration in Scotland

America’s Tartan Day is coming home to Arbroath in Scotland’s first-ever official celebration of an event that highlights the best of all things Scottish.

Tartan Day “Welcome Home” will take place in Angus from 3-10 April with a week of activity aimed at exploring and exploiting the tourism, the cultural and the business links that exists between Scotland and the US.

Arbroath Abbey as the scene of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1320 will take centre stage in this inaugural festival.

Showcasing the best of local food and crafts, the stirring sounds of pipes and fiddles in a traditional celeidh and the rich heritage of a re-enactment of the Declaration the event will also focus on the contribution made by the Scots in the business world of today.

The full week of activities is designed to highlight Scottish heritage and culture, promote tourism and will feature:

Full details of the programme of activities will be available over the next couple of weeks and on www.ScotlandsTartanDay.com from 15 March.

The official decision to host a Scottish Tartan Day was made in October 2003 by Angus Council to raise the profile of Scotland abroad as well as strengthen cultural and historical pride.

“Angus is an area of outstanding natural beauty which captures the very essence of Scotland. It is fitting that Angus with its historical links to the Declaration of Independence stake its claim in bringing home the very first Tartan Day to Scotland,” says Councillor Rob Murray, Leader of Angus Council.

“The Tartan Day ‘Welcome Home’ celebration presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich history already shared with the United States and allows us forge even closer business ties.”

Americans formally began celebrating their Scottish roots and ancestry in 1998 when the Senate passed a resolution to annually celebrate Tartan Day on April 6; the anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Arbroath. Considered to be the most famous document in Scottish history, the Declaration of Arbroath is seen as the founding document of the Scottish nation. It is also widely recognised as the basis from which America’s Declaration of Independence was written.

The organisers of the Angus’ Tartan Day celebrations are exploring the potential for a broadband link between US Tartan Day celebrations and that in Scotland.