Create A Tartan For London

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 107 months ago
Create A Tartan For London

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What have New York, the FBI and 34 US states got that nowhere in England has? To avoid any unfortunate gags we'll tell you: their own tartans. This might have something to do with England and Scotland being auld enemies but tomorrow, on St Andrew's Day, a competition is being launched to find a tartan for London.

The Scottish Tartans Authority will have a design app on its website from tomorrow where you can have a stab at making your own pattern. They say the tartan should have a minimum of two colours and a maximum of six, and be made up of broad bands and narrow lines. They also suggest using red for London buses and green for our parks: how about pigeon grey or police siren blue? A shortlist will be announced at Hogmanay and the winner, declared on Burns Night, will be properly registered as our official tartan.

The competition launch is part of a night at Kings Place celebrating 250 years since Rabbie Burns's birth, with appearances from poets Jackie Kay and Liz Lochhead, Burns biographer James Fairbairn, and folk singers Annie Grace, Corrina Hewat and Karine Polwart performing songs written and collected by Burns.

Robert Burns - 250th Anniversary Celebration on 30 November, 7pm in Hall One of Kings Place, York Way. Tickets £9.50. For more information see the Kings Place website.

Last Updated 29 November 2009