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Tartan Details - Sillitoe

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Sillitoe" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 6430
STWR ref: none
Designer: Sillitoe, Sir Percy
Tartan date: 01/01/1932
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Corporate
Registration notes: This is the name given to the blue and white chequered band worn around their hats by many of the world's police forces. Strictly speaking it isn't a tartan and Sir Percy Sillitoe (Chief Constable of Glasgow) didn't design it - it had existed for about 100 years as an Heraldic symbol in many Scottish coats-of-arms. Highland soldiers are said to have woven white ribbons into their black hatbands, thus creating a chequered effect. Sir Percy - answering criticism that it was difficult for the public to differentiate between the police and bus conductors and other uniformed officials, introduced the three line chequered bands in 1932. The experiment was a success and the idea spread across the world with the ultimate accolade being its adoption by the European Union as the universal symbol of the police.
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Where tartans were recorded before the establishment of the Scottish Register of Tartans (SRT) on 5 February 2009, the original Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) and the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR) reference numbers have been retained. The new SRT reference number can be found in the address box on your browser (url).

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