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The 2014 Ryder Cup’s Tartan Tuesday

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We think wearing tartan is acceptable any day of the year, but if you’re looking for an excuse to break out that tartan tie, trousers or even a kilt, now you have one.

The first 2014 Ryder Cup practice day – Tuesday 23 September – is to be hereby known as Tartan Tuesday.

All spectators to Gleneagles on that day are being invited to wear a piece of tartan as a sign of welcome to The Ryder Cup players when they arrive on the course for the first time as a team.

So whether it’s a colourful pair of trousers, tie, bag or even tartan socks, you can be involved in the opening of The 2014 Ryder Cup in Perthshire.

If you don’t have a kilt lurking in the cupboard, then don’t worry – one-off tartan clothes pins will be on sale at the event on the day, with proceeds going to the official charities of The 2014 Ryder Cup – Friends of St Margaret’s Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross Disability Sport, Quarriers and The McGinley Foundation.

Alan Hansen, Ryder Cup ambassador, said: “While The Ryder Cup pits Europe against the USA, I think it is a fantastic idea to give the players a warm welcome to Scotland with Tartan Tuesday. Every Ryder Cup has a unique atmosphere and the first Practice Day will set the tone for the whole week.

“It should be a great sight, seeing flickers of tartan all over the course. Tartan is an iconic Scottish image and a major fashion trend, so it’s the ideal way to welcome The Ryder Cup players to Gleneagles. It’ll be a great ticket to have if you can get one.”

Tartan, with its colourful threads in traditional patterns, is Scotland’s most famous textile. This patterned woven cloth has become one of the most iconic symbols of Scottish culture. You can find out more about Scottish tartan.

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