6 February 2012
The ACF now has its very own tartan, which will be worn by the Band of the Pipes and Drums at national events. The tartan was designed by Major Jim Stout, National Cadet Piping Executive Officer, in conjunction with McCall’s Highland wear. The design (or ‘sett’) is bright, vibrant and easily recognisable. The base colour is a modern scarlet, to represent the ACF’s proud association with the Army, set against a more muted ancient Hunting Cameron Green. Gold and black stripes crisscross the sett, to co-ordinate with the dark blue Patrol jacket, gold buttons and accoutrements and ACF cap badge that make up the rest of the uniform of the ACF Pipes and Drums.
The new tartan will provide the ACF Pipes and Drums with its own recognisable identity and help promote the cadet force whenever the band performs in public. However, the tartan is not only for the use of the ACF. It has been officially registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority and, as such, is now available to all. There are no restrictions on its use or purchase. The new tartan had its first public outing last November when the Pipes and Drums proudly performed at the Berlin Tattoo, pictured above in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the O2World Arena, Berlin (pictured here).