New society tartan chosen in public vote

John and Moira of Knockando Mill.
John and Moira of Knockando Mill.

Buchanhaven Heritage Society has completed the next phase of its ‘identity project’ after a close vote at its recent ‘Distinctly Scottish’ event held at the heritage centre last weekend.

Four designs based on the five key colours identified at an event in March 2015 were on display and visitors were asked to vote for their favourite.

It was a very close call between two of the four, however the team has now released a computer-aided drawing of the winner.

It now heads to Edinburgh where it will be be registered before the new tartan goes through the loom at Knockando Mill.

The mill has been instrumental throughout the project and the team will be heading up to the mill later in the year to see the first weave come off of the loom.

This will see a lightweight and heavyweight version become a reality, with the lighter version being used for curtains and soft furnishings while the heavyweight will be available for kilts.

The group is also looking at gifts such as scarves, ties and travel rugs all made of its unique tartan for the area.

The ‘Distinctly Tartan’ event on Saturday, proved to be a huge success, with some important feedback being received from visitors with regard to the centre and the future direction of the society.

Commenting on the new tartan, society vice-chair, Elizabeth Milne, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the vote, which was a close call between two of the four on display.

“But there has to be a winner and we hope everyone will like the finished product and get behind the team as the project now moves forward in a very positive way.

“Now that we own the centre much time has been spent on re-painting the existing premises while preparation with regard to funding applications for a full refurbishment is being progressed in the background.

“We are now starting to look at events for the second half of the year, with Christmas in Buchanhaven very much in our minds,” she added.