A tartan commissioned to celebrate the return of the Ryder Cup golf tournament to Scotland was unveiled in the Scottish Borders today.
First Minister Alex Salmond and the European director of the Ryder Cup did the honours Lochcarron of Scot;and’s mill in Selkirk.
The design features four shaded of blue inspired by Scotland’s landscaper, white from the Saltire and blue and gold to reflect the core colours of the European flag.
The 40th playing of the cup takes place at Gleneagles in Perthshire between September 26 and 28 next year.
European captain Paul McGinley was involved in the design process and said he was honoured to have had an input.
He added: “While it was obviously important that the tartan was uniquely Scottish to reflect the host nation, I also wanted it to illustrate the Continent of Europe that we will be representing at Gleneagles.
“I think we have done that superbly with the subtle blending of the blue and gold of the Eurpean flag.”
First Minister Salmond commented: “Tartan’s importance to Scotland cannon be overestimated. It is deeply embedded in Scottish culture and is an internationally recognised symbol of Scotland.
“Therefore, this beautiful tartan is the perfect way for the Ryder Cup to celebrate its return to the home of golf.”
It’s estimated the Ryder Cup will inject £100million into Scotland’s economy.
Lochcarron has bases in Selkirk, Hawick and Langholm and is the official tartan supplier to the competition.
The company’s chief executive officer Daniel Kim said: “We are really excited to be involved in such a huge sporting event coming to Scotland.
“We have paid careful attention to ensure the design reflects the unique quality and drama of the most treasured trophy in golf, while still paying close tribute to the Scottish heritage behind the game.”
The new tartan has been approved by the Scottish Registrar of Tartans and the coveted cup was exhibited at today’s launch.