Tartan Day promises to be a celebration of all things Scottish

24 July 2012

Well-known television weather presenter Cat Cubie will join the Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam at the city's ninth Tartan Day celebrations on Saturday 28 July.

The day offers a feast of Scottish entertainment that will include traditional dancing, a Scottish musical play by Mike Gibb, re-enactments and a special Tartan Day showing of the hit Scottish comedy film The Angel's Share.

Cat Cubie and Scottish actor/director David McKay (Braveheart, My Name Is Joe, Shoebox Zoo) will accompany the Lord Provost on a tour of some of the free activities that have been organised by Aberdeen City Council and which thousands of people are expected to enjoy.

The day will get underway with the Tartan Day parade which will make its way down Union Street at 11am. The parade will see massed pipe bands perform along the route, followed by historical re-enactment groups including Crann Tara, members of the Wallace 700 and Aberdeen International Youth Festival performers.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "There is such a great selection of traditional events and activities for all ages to enjoy I think this year's Tartan Day celebrations of all things Scottish is going to be the best yet."

Cat Cubie said: "I may be an Edinburgher by birth, but I am also hopefully, an honorary Aberdonian having spent four year at university in your fair city. Aberdeen is a beautiful part of the country and I am always reminded of that when I say the 'sunny north east' in my weather reports.

"I am delighted to be heading up to Aberdeen to celebrate Tartan Day and I will see what I can do about the weather."

David McKay added: "I may be Glaswegian but I spent many happy years living in the Granite City and am looking forward to being among my friends again."

Tartan Day Parade
11am, Union Street

Massed pipe bands led by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and reenactment groups including Medieval Realm and the members of the Wallace 700 will take in part in the parade.

The Escape of Alexander Keith
Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street
12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

One of the most exciting escapes from the Tolbooth took place on 23 July 1638 when Alexander Keith escaped in a chest. Learn about this daring escape and meet those involved. The Tolbooth Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen and one of the best preserved 17th century Scottish gaols.

Crann Tara
1pm onwards, Union Terrace Gardens

Translated from Gaelic "Crann Tara" means "Fiery Cross", it is a symbol used in Scotland's past for rallying clansmen, mainly in a time of war. The last recorded use of the Crann Tara was in 1820 when the clan Grant were summoned to Elgin and over 800 men gathered to the aid of their chief. Crann Tara strive to inspire and re-kindle the passions within those who have either had, or have Scotland's interests close to their heart.

The Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society
City Centre
1pm onwards, various locations

The RSCDS exists to preserve and practice country dances in Scotland. It is fun, social and provides excellent physical and mental exercise. Three dances associated with Aberdeen will be performed: The Blooms of Bon Accord Reel; The Belle of Bon Accord; Over the Dee and Over the Don.

Scottish Entertainments Company
City Centre
12noon onwards

Throughout the day you will see top class professional actors and entertainers provided by the Scottish Entertainments Co.

Tartan Concert at the Courtyard
The Academy Shopping Centre, Schoolhill
1.30pm -4.30pm

Waves Radio DJ Gordon Bathgate will host the Tartan Concert at the Courtyard this year. Gordon is particularly looking forward it as the courtyard is a more 'intimate' venue which means the audience will be able to get more involved in the show.

The Angel's Share
The Belmont Cinema, Belmont Street
1.30pm & 6.15pm

Exclusive Tartan Day screening of the smash hit Scottish comedy. This bitter sweet comedy follows Robbie, who while serving a community service order meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Will it be 'slopping out' for the next twenty years, or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha' the 'Water of Life?' Only the angels know . . . . .

SPECIAL OFFER If you turn up to see The Angel's Share with a copy of this year's Tartan Day Brochure on Saturday 28 July ONLY, you can get your ticket at the concession price of £5.50 (usual price £8.50) not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Wallace 700, Commemoration Ceremony
Rosemount Viaduct

WALLACE 700 is a non-political charitable body that aims to advance the education of the public about the life, memory and values of William Wallace and his relevance to the heritage, culture and history of Scotland.

12.15pm Young piper and his friends at the statue

12.40pm Pipes & Drums - Kintore Pipe Band

Welcome -The Very Rev. Dr A Emsley Nimmo

Fine Fiddling - George Davidson of Tarves, National Junior winner of The Robert Burns World Federation Schools Competition

Wallace Address - Reverend Dr Henry Sefton

The Declaration - James Allison and Medieval Realm

Wreath Laying

Flooers o the Forest - Pipe Major Bruce Lobban

Freedom Come Aa Ye -Yvonne Morton

Dedication - Rev. Stephen Taylor, Mither Kirk o' St Nicholas.

Closing Remarks -The Very Rev. Dr A Emsley Nimmo

A Man's A Man & Scots Wha Hae - Lively Lads and Lassies -

Primary School Singers

13.30pm Pipes & Drums - Beating Retreat.

Kirk o' St Nicholas, Union Street
2pm, 3pm, 4pm

An abridged version of the Scottish musical play by Mike Gibb, with music by Kevin Walsh will be performed in period costume by Mark Kydd as Robert Burns and Michelle Bruce as Nancy McLehose. The play tells the story of Burns' only platonic love affair which inspired him to write Ae Fond Kiss.

Scottish Culture and Traditions
The Academy Courtyard, Schoolhill
From 1pm onwards

SCAT aims to promote Scottish traditional culture and wishes to bring enjoyment and appreciation of Scotland's heritage to wider audiences. Learn to play an instrument, have a go at singing and move your body. It's never too late to learn.

Medieval Realm
Union Terrace Gardens

Aberdeen's very own re-enactment group will portray Aberdeen's medieval past, come see authentic medieval tents, displays and combat demonstrations.