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60th tartan

Our 60th Tartan


11 March 2014 was a momentous occasion for the learning disability charity ENABLE Scotland as it took possession of the tartan it specially commissioned to mark its 60th anniversary at Wemyss Bay, after being produced on the Isle of Bute.

The tartan was kindly donated to ENABLE Scotland by a friend of long-standing charity volunteer and supporter Charlie Newlands. For 40 years Charlie has volunteered his time help run ENABLE Scotland’s Renfrew Branch, which brings people together to take part in a range of social activities, improving the lives of people who have learning disabilities and their families.
ENABLE Scotland has an incredible history campaigning with its members to bring about positive change for people who have learning disabilities and their families. As such the thread count of the ENABLE Scotland tartan – which is used to design the tartan - tells the following story:
The ENABLE Scotland tartan was produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of 10 parents meeting in 1954 to form an organisation that would support parents in Scotland with children who had learning disabilities. In 2014, that organisation, now known as ENABLE Scotland, celebrated its diamond anniversary in branches throughout the country. The bright orange running through the tartan highlights that boys and girls continue to be born every day in Scotland with learning disabilities, or develop them later in life, making ENABLE Scotland’s work as relevant and necessary now as it was in 1954.
The colours used in the tartan are ENABLE Scotland’s official colours. The bolt of tartan will now be turned into ENABLE Scotland tartan scarves and ties, ensuring the charity is ready to celebrate its diamond anniversary in style with its members and supporters on the 9 April 2014 – 60 years to the date the charity was officially formed in Glasgow in 1954.


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