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Mayor Unveils Saint John Tartan on Taran Day


SAINT JOHN, NB – The City has a new tartan, thanks to a gift from ScotDance New Brunswick. It was unveiled at a ceremony today, Tartan Day.

Mayor Ivan Court, along with representatives of ScotDance New Brunswick, officially unveiled the gift in the Ludlow Room at City Hall. 
DancerswithTartansThe tartan was commissioned by ScotDance New Brunswick as a legacy gift to the City of Saint John, with funding left over from the ScotDance Canadian Championship Series, an international Highland dance competition held in Saint John in 2007. The major event, billed as Highland by the Sea, took place at Harbour Station, and featured Highland dancers from the U.S., England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Sharon MacIntyre of ScotDance New Brunswick, one of the principal organizers of the 2007 Championship Series, presented the gift to His Worship and the City of Saint John.

The concept for a City tartan was the brainchild of the City’s Cultural Affairs Officer, Bernard J. Cormier. “There are four predominant colours in the tartan on a white background,” said Cormier. “Each colour is noteworthy and has a meaningful relationship to the City’s history, culture, and heritage.”

Red is reflective of our nation’s flag as Canada’s first incorporated city. Blue symbolizes the Atlantic waters and the rivers that surround the city. Brown is respectfully dedicated to the first nations’ people. Green is a tribute to our natural environment as well as Saint John’s Irish heritage. [A complete description of the symbolism of each colour can be found in the attached backgrounder.]

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present this legacy gift to the City of Saint John during its 225th anniversary year,” said Sharon MacIntyre of ScotDance New Brunswick. “To have it also take place on Tartan Day makes it extra special.”

Highland dancers and members of the St. Andrew’s Society of Saint John were also in attendance.

For more information:
Bernard Cormier                             
Cultural Affairs Office, City of Saint John                               
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