The presentation of prizes to the winners of the Tartan Treasures competition on Friday, April 3, was one of the early highlights of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival.
The highly-popular competition involved writing a factual or fictional diary entry recalling a place, a time, an occasion or a person with a Scottish connection. Almost 160 entries were submitted and although most were from the UK, there were several from further afield, including India, Indonesia and Spain.
The competition was judged by Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald, local historian and chair of Arbroath 2020 Group, Norman Atkinson, and prizewinning author, Chris Longmuir.
Provost Oswald said: “There was a truly international flavour to this year’s competition.
“I’ve judged the Tartan Treasures competition several times and the fact that it now attracts entries from all over the world shows how word has spread about this competition and about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival.”
The finalists in the 16 and over category were Suzanne Milne from Forfar, Karen Hill from Lancashire and Alex Mahon from Spain; while the finalists in the Under-16 category were Chloe Phillips from Broughty Ferry, Allie Moir from Montrose and Faith Petrie, also from Montrose.
The Provost added: “The Scottish angle certainly captured the finalists’ imaginations and, as the standard of writing was incredibly high, choosing a winner for each category proved to be incredibly difficult.” .
All the finalists were invited to attend the prize giving at Brechin Townhouse Museum, where Suzanne Milne was named the winner of the 16 & Over category and received an overnight stay at Carnoustie Golf Hotel, with Faith Petrie winning the Under-16 category and a Kindle Fire tablet.
Following the prize giving ceremony, Chris Longmuir read the winning entries to the audience of finalists, judges, representatives from Angus Council Education and Libraries and guests. Chris said: “The art of diary keeping is obviously alive and well.
“As an author of several prize-winning novels, it was a pleasure to be involved in choosing the winners of this year’s Tartan Treasures competition.”
The finalists’ diary entries will be published in the local weekly newspapers and also online at www.tartandayscotland.com/treasures. For the full programme of Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2015 events, visit www.tartandayscotland.com/whatson.