Talented tartan team praised for their efforts

Reinarda Grigutis and Councillor Stuart Pratt.
Reinarda Grigutis and Councillor Stuart Pratt.

Talented Buchan youngsters have been recognised for their contribution to creating Aberdeenshire Tartan.

What began as a schools project grew in to a collaboration with internationally-acclaimed textile designer Donna Wilson.

Banff-born Donna joined forces with school children from across Aberdeenshire to help choose and use ‘Home Colours’ that reflected their part of the region.

The pupils of Dales Park Primary in Peterhead picked minty green, which represents the colour of dancing sea spray.

The youngsters even visited the Buchan area committee to tell councillors the story of the tartan.

Committee chair, Cllr Stuart Pratt, said: “I was very impressed by the young people who visited the area committee.

“They were hugely enthusiastic about the Aberdeenshire Tartan project and showed an impressive depth of knowledge.

“It is wonderful that the pupils of Dales Park Primary had the opportunity to take part in such a unique project.”

Acting head teacher at the school, Jennifer Adam, said: “All the pupils in primary 5/6 loved the project from start to finish.

“They were engaged and excited from their first meeting with Donna as she took along a number of her own creations.

“This then inspired the whole class, who decided to do a mini project to design and make their own creatures.

“The pupils loved exploring the local environment to look for a colour they could contribute to the tartan and were delighted with the sea spray colour which was incorporated into the tartan.”

The tartan was officially launched by Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, at a colourful civic reception in Haddo House in June. This symbol of Aberdeenshire has been gifted to the community to celebrate, capture and inform our past, present and future.

It can be used to create a range of products to promote the region at a national and international level.

Local businesses and organisations are invited to utilise this valuable new resource to build on Aberdeenshire’s tradition of achievement.

For further information on using Aberdeenshire Tartan: Home Colours, please contact communicatebetter@aberdeenshire.gov.uk