Media Release: Scottish Bakers tartan is the ‘icing on the cake’

Scottish Bakers 125th Anniversary Ball.
Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh. Sept 3 2016.

WITH its motto, ‘for the good of all,  always in mind, Scottish Bakers has proudly promoted the interests of the bakery trade with its 20,000 employees in Scotland for 125 years.

And to celebrate in style, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd has registered an exclusively designed Scottish Bakers tartan.

Created as a special gift to mark the anniversary, the unique tartan design reflects the fine-looking purple, green and yellow hues featured in the Scottish Bakers logo.

Carr’s Flour Mills sales director, Allan Burns, commented: “We decided to present a gift to Scottish Bakers and our customer base as a thank you for their loyalty and support.

“We started off with a Carrs tartan and then introduced the colours from Scottish Bakers’ logo and ended up with an absolutely fantastic tartan that all bakers should be very proud to wear.”

Scottish Bakers chief executive, Alan Clarke, who looked resplendent in a kilt made of the tartan at a gala celebration night held in Edinburgh earlier this month, said: “Our 125th year is a milestone that we will never forget and having our own stunning tartan is the ‘icing on the cake’.

“As a trade association that works hard to support our sector, to receive such a gift in recognition of our achievements is a real honour.”

Fast facts

The English word ‘tartan’ is most likely derived from the French tartarin, meaning ‘Tartar‘ cloth.

It has also been suggested that ‘tartan’ may be derived from modern Scottish Gaelictarsainn, meaning ‘across’.

Today. ‘tartan’ usually refers to coloured patterns, though originally a tartan did not have to be made up of any pattern at all. As late as the 1830s, tartan was sometimes described as ‘plain coloured… without pattern’.

Depending on how ‘different tartan’ is defined, it has been estimated that there are about 3,500 to 7,000 different tartans, with around 150 new designs being created every year.

The Scottish Register of Tartans (SRT) is Scotland’s official tartan register.

The SRT is maintained and administrated by the National Archives of Scotland. The aim of the register is to provide a definitive and accessible resource to promote and preserve tartans.


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