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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance checks out new tartan

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is marking St Andrew’s Day by unveiling the country’s newest corporate tartan.

The new tartan has been designed to honour the life-saving crew of Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance and the people behind the running of the service.
Designed by leading expert Brian Wilton MBE and donated by the Scottish Tartans Authority, the colourful tartan tells the story of the charity through its weave.
The designer joined staff and crew today to officially launch the new plaid and said he had been delighted to support such a wonderful national Scottish charity in this way. And he detailed the background to the design for a service which has responded to nearly 900 emergency callouts across the whole of Scotland.
“Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland in 1306 at Scone and the 18th century Bruce tartan gives the inspiration for this 21st century tartan for the Scone-based Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) - the first of its kind in Scotland,” he explained. “The two predominant elements are white on blue for Scotland's national flag and white on red, the universal colours of medical aid agencies. Separating those two symbolic elements are green and black from SCAA’s corporate colours and a grey which - together with the green and blue - symbolise the landscapes and weather over and through which SCAA operates in Scotland.”
Mr Wilton said that as ex RAF aircrew himself, he was delighted to see it featured on the tail of the charity’s new helicopter and hoped the new design would go on to help raise SCAA’s profile throughout Scotland.
Also present at the launch was Blair Macnaughton, Managing Director of The House of Edgar whose company wove and donated around 200 lambswool scarves in the new SCAA tartan. He expressed his pleasure at supporting such a worthy cause.
“The SCAA tartan is a very attractive and appropriate design and we are very happy to be the first to bring it alive and donate these scarves to help boost fundraising,” he said. “The House of Edgar has a long and proud association with many of the world’s leading and most recognisable tartans and tweeds and I hope SCAA will join those ranks in years to come.”
SCAA Chief Executive David Craig said that the charity, now in its third year of operations, could only ever dream of having its own tartan and he thanked those who have made that aspiration a reality.
“We feel so proud to have our very own officially registered Scottish tartan,” he said. “So much so that we have ensured it features prominently on our recently upgraded helicopter’s livery.
“We feel extremely honoured to have this special SCAA tartan designed by the world renowned, Brian Wilton MBE and woven and gifted to us by The House of Edgar. They have produced less than 200 of these exclusive SCAA tartan scarves which will make the ideal present this festive season.
“I hope SCAA tartan is something which people will wear with pride in recognition of the country’s only charity-funded life-saving helicopter air ambulance service. And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to officially launch the country’s newest tartan which echoes the story of the service and exemplifies the support and generosity so freely given by people everywhere to help keep SCAA in the air.”
SCAA’s limited edition tartan scarves will be on sale at the charity’s base at Perth Airport (0300-123-1111) and through local retails including McEwens of Perth (restaurant).