Wednesday 22 November 2017

Surge in demand for Papal tartan

Demand for a tartan created for the Pope has soared since his visit to Scotland
Demand for a tartan created for the Pope has soared since his visit to Scotland

Demand for a tartan created for the Pope has gone "through the roof" since his visit to Scotland, according to manufacturers.

Images of Benedict XVI wearing a scarf in the bespoke design were beamed around the world during his state visit to the UK, beginning in Edinburgh on Thursday.

The St Ninian's Day Tartan garment was presented to the Pontiff by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland.

The Cardinal had "hidden scarves in his own cassock" before presenting one to the Pope for his journey through the capital, it was revealed.

Manufacturer Ingles Buchan said phones have been ringing off the hook ever since.

Managing director Colin Brown said: "Since Pope Benedict was seen wearing the tartan during his visit on Thursday, demand has gone through the roof."

The tartan was designed by Matthew Newsome, who travelled from the US to attend the official unveiling at the Scottish Parliament last week.

Mr Newsome, director of the Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin, North Carolina, said he drew on Roman Catholic and Scottish history for the blue, white, green, red and yellow creation.

The Pope's tour of Edinburgh coincided with St Ninian's Day, which celebrates the first man to be named a saint in Scotland in nearly 1,600 years.

The tartan was created in conjunction with Ingles Buchan of Glasgow and ClanItalia of Falkirk.

Press Association

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