Angus Tartan Day celebrations 
helped draw in over 9,000 people

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An Angus Homecoming event attracted more than 9,000 people when it was held in April this year.

Tartan Day, a week-long festival, kicked off with a programme of events that celebrated Angus and Arbroath as a destination of historical significance - from the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey.

The Tartan Day Homecoming Weekend was held over April 5 and 6 in Arbroath, and was a programme of special events which commemorated all that is great about Scotland and the Scots – home and away, as well as bringing the past to life and celebrating the town’s rich heritage.

Alison Smith, Angus Council’s Economic Development Service Manager, commented: “The Tartan Day Scotland Festival is an annual celebration to commemorate the Declaration of Arbroath. The EventScotland Homecoming 2014 funding provided an opportunity to enhance this year’s event, allowing Angus Council to work collaboratively with Historic Scotland, the Arbroath community and local businesses.

“With a variety of special events and activities throughout Arbroath over the weekend of 5 and 6 April, the Homecoming event in Arbroath alone attracted over 6,000 visitors, from far and near, and kicked off a full week of celebrations across Angus”.

Latest attendance reports reveal that over 890,000 people have attended 34 funded Homecoming events between January and May, with many more enjoying the hundreds of Partner events taking place in the same period.

Other Homecoming Scotland partner events held in Angus already this year have included the spring Snowdrops Festival, the Montrose Music Festival in May and Strathmore Highland Games, held at Glamis Castle.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “It’s fantastic to see that this one Angus Homecoming event alone attracted over 9,000 people, who will hopefully have experienced everything that Angus – and beyond - has to offer the visitor.”