Tartan Day

THE SAINT ANDREW’S SOCIETY OF SAINT JOHN Founded 1798 www.sassj.ca FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Members of the Saint Andrew’s Society of Saint will join His Worship Mayor Ivan Court and council at 10:00 am on Thursday April 5th, on the front steps of City Hall to raise the Saltire as part of Tartan Day celebrations. Tartan Day is the annual celebration of the signing of the declaration of Arbroath in 1320 celebrated by Scots around the world. “For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule” As well as being proclaimed both nationally last year by the Hon. James Moore, and provincially by the Hon. Georgie Day a number of years ago it has also been declared Tartan Day locally by City Council at its March 26th meeting this year in the following proclamation by His Worship Mayor Ivan Court: PROCLAMATION WHEREAS: the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced that the Government of Canada will now officially recognize April 6th as Tartan Day; and WHEREAS: many Canadian provinces and other countries already celebrate Tartan Day. As well, through Tartan Day, Canadians will have an opportunity to learn more about the various cultures that comprise Canadian society; and WHEREAS: we encourage Canadians all across the country to celebrate the contributions that over four million Canadians of Scottish heritage continue to make to the foundation of our country; and WHEREAS: in Canada, Tartan Day is celebrated on April 5th, the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish declaration of independence, Tartan Day celebrations typically include parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and sports, and other Scottish-theme events; and NOW THEREFORE: I, Mayor Ivan Court, of Saint John do hereby proclaim April 5th, 2012 as Tartan Day, the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish declaration of independence in the City of Saint John. In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed the official seal of the Mayor of the City of Saint John. As Scots around the world celebrate Tartan Day, we will retire after the flag raising for a more informal celebration at Pete’s Pub in the Shoppes of City Hall for some hearty Scottish fair and fellowship. David Nickerson, President. 647-9343 John Buchanan 19 Crestwood Drive Rothesay, NB E2E 5H3 CANADA (506) 847-8512 (Home) (506) 636-2186 (Cell)