Buchanhaven’s new tartan set to be unveiled

The Buchanhaven Heritge tartan will be unveiled at a special event in the centre on March 5.
The Buchanhaven Heritge tartan will be unveiled at a special event in the centre on March 5.

Buchanhaven Heritage Society has started 2016 off in style after receiving two rolls of its ‘Buchanhaven Heritage’ tartan which was officially registered in Edinburgh before going through the loom at Knockando Mill.

Last year the society undertook an Identity Project which followed comments from some visitors at an event who said “the village had lost its identity over the years” .

After some consideration the society decided to create its own tartan, pipe tune and special blend of whisky.

Work on the tartan started after seeking advice from professionals in that field and local residents were asked for five key colours linked to the area to start the process off.

The outcome was red for the granite; blue for the sea; green and gold from the Buchanhaven School tie and silver for the herring.

At the next event visitors were asked to rank the colours in order of preference and thereafter four designs were presented for the public to vote on.

After a very close competition a winner was identified and registered in Edinburgh before it started to go through the loom at Knockando Mill near Mintlaw.

Two rolls of tartan have since arrived at the centre, one is a heavyweight tartan which will be used for kilts and the other a lightweight for curtains and soft furnishings.

The links to the mill also unearthed an unusual connection to the old school built in 1850, after it was identified that the loom being used to weave the tartan was built in the same year.

The unique tartan will be on display at an event at the centre on Saturday, March 5 to which everyone is invited to go along to.

There, visitors to the centre will also be treated to the very first public performance of the specially-commisioned pipe tune ‘Ugie Braes’ which will be performed at 10 am on the day.

The tune was composed by local piper James ‘Curly’ Allan and was unearthed as part of the Indentity Project.

As for the whisky, well as they say all good things come to those who wait and ‘Bonnie Buchanhaven’ will be available for the public to taste in a few years time once it has had time to mature, so watch this space!