Aberdeen gets set to don its tartans

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THE programme for Aberdeen’s first-ever Tartan Day - the brainchild of the city’s English-born Lord Provost John Reynolds - was officially unveiled yesterday.

The event will be staged at a series of venues across the city on Saturday, 7 August, and aims to celebrate the rich culture, heritage, music and produce of Scotland - and the North-east in particular.

The one-day festival, which is expected to cost 75,000 to stage, will feature a host of attractions and activities, including a "Dressed to Kilt" fashion show, a ceilidh and an exhibition of local market produce and products.

Scottish dancing and outdoor musical performances, along with art and historical exhibitions and walking history tours, will also feature as part of the event.

Tartan Day will culminate in a celebration of Scottish and World Music at the city’s Music Hall, compred by Cameron Stout, the Orcadian winner of last year’s Big Brother television show.

Central to the day will be the tartan theme, and shops and businesses throughout the city are being encouraged to use tartan in displays. Locals and visitors are also being encouraged to enter the spirit of the day by dressing in tartan.

Lord Provost Reynolds said: "Tartan Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the best that Scotland and Aberdeen have to offer.

"We have been overwhelmed with the co-operation and support shown by organisations and companies in the city."

Tartan Day will complement several other major events taking place in the city that weekend, including the Aberdeen International Street Market, the Aberdeen Country Fair, and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, which runs from 4-14 August.