Community Pageant Procession

Arbroath 2020 Festival celebrations moved to 2021 to celebrate 700+1 anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath

Following recent developments regarding COVID-19 and updated Scottish Government advice regarding events over 500 people, the Arbroath 2020 committee in conjunction with partners VisitScotland and Historic Environment Scotland have decided to postpone all of the Arbroath 2020 Festival core programme events until April 2021.

These postponements include: The Community Pageant Procession, the Festival Concert at Arbroath Abbey, the Making of the Pageant exhibition at Arbroath Galleries and Library, the New Scriptorium, the Town Banner Project and Medieval History Live! as well as many of the periphery events.

April 2021
Arbroath Abbey

Over 800 people will mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath by taking part in a procession from Arbroath Abbey to Arbroath Harbour. Set within the beautiful landscape and with astonishing layers of history, hundreds of people will process along the Golden Mile from the Abbey to the Harbour. The procession will meet a flotilla of boats and a performance of the reading of the 1320 declaration and a rendition of the new 2020 declaration – a declaration made by Arbroath school children to be performed as the ‘effigy’ of the document is sent off to sea.Arbroath 2020 Declaration Pageant Procession will be a a people powered event, all the community are invited to get involved and join the creating and being part on the day.

This procession is an inclusive event organised to celebrate the inspirational history of the Declaration of Arbroath. We are holding a non-political event and encourage people to join us in the spirit of freedom, unity and peace.

A large scale procession will take place through the streets of Arbroath on Sunday 5 April 2020 to mark the 700th year anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

The Procession will be formed of over 500 people and be led by horses followed by many groups all contributing to their colourful and entertaining section of the procession. The streets will be festooned with colourful banners and flags engaging and educating spectators in Scottish heritage and history.

The Procession will start around 12 noon from the Arbroath Abbey and go down through Arbroath High Street where there will be many spectators and full of flags and banners. Proceeding down to the harbour where they will be met by a Flotilla of boats festooned in colourful bunting, a joyous spectacle of activity.

Arbroath 2020 procession will end at Beacon Green where the will be a stage for ceremonies and a Big Lunch event for the afternoon.

At 13:00 there will be a ceremonial reading of the 1320 declaration by many voices from all generations before a replica of this priceless document is handed into the safekeeping of a local skipper and sailed out to sea, as happened 700 years ago.

The commitment is to ensure that this procession is inclusive, that it reflects the story of the declaration and that everyone is able to get involved.

In order to keep this procession a safe public event, we are asking all interested in taking part to contact Arbroath 2020 to register your interest on the getting involved page.

The committee are working with Angus Council, Highways and Angus Police in the management of this event. It will be organised as a rolling road closure managed by Angus Police and volunteer stewards; with minimal disruption to traffic on the day.

Timings and Route:Procession will start at Arbroath Abbey 12 noon, the route continues down the High street and on to Ladybridge Street and then down the side of the Wet Dock via the pedestrian entry to Beacon Green where it ends. The route takes 20 minutes to walk at a slow pace.

Thank You to Our Funders

More from the Festival Programme