It’s 65 years since accountants T Hunter Thomson and Harold Cooper joined forces to form Thomson Cooper. From these small beginnings we’ve grown and developed into Fife’s largest independent accountancy practice.
While we are understandably proud of reaching this milestone, there are quite a few other reasons for Scotland to remember 2014.
Next month sees the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, arguably Scotland’s greatest military victory and a decisive moment in Scottish independence. The new Visitor Centre has opened in time for the anniversary, and boasts 3D technology including an interactive Battle Game. For more information visit http://battleofbannockburn.com.
Glasgow is preparing to welcome an invasion of 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of The Commonwealth for Glasgow 2014, being held from 23 July to 3 August. Look out for the baton relay which reaches Dunfermline on Thursday 26 June. For a full list of places visited on the route check http://downloads.glasgow2014.com/sites/www.thomsoncooper.com/files/CG0424_Factsheet_Update_22_April_AW3.pdf.
Scotland is also hosting the Ryder Cup – probably the biggest tournament in golf. Every two years Europe competes against the USA, represented by 12 of the world’s best golfers, and this year they’re coming to Gleneagles. Catch the fever at http://www.rydercup2014.com.
In August 2014 the world will mark the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. The so-called “war to end all wars” had a profound impact on Scotland, which is recognised in the number of events being held throughout the year in Scotland. For more information visit http://www.1914.org/events-calendar/?keywords=®ion=Scotland&audience=&type=&date-start=&date-end=&c24_events_search=Search.
Incredibly the Forth Road Bridge celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Bridges Festival runs from 4 to 13 September. Get invited to the world’s biggest lunch, visit the top of the towers or take part in the torchlight procession. Visit http://www.forthbridgesfestival.com/events.
We can’t talk about major events in Scotland this year without mentioning the independence referendum. We are expected to answer the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?2 on 18 September.