HAWICK SET TO FLAG UP 500th ANNIVERSARY OF FLOODEN BATTLE WITH SPECIAL RIDE AND CONCERT

Flodden Field
Flodden Field

TERIES will get the chance to witness the Cornet carrying another special flag when the town takes part in a commemoration of the battle of Flodden.

The unique event will see Hawick playing host to a newly-commissioned flag, as part of a series of projects and events planned on both sides of the border to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle which wiped out most of the Scots nobility, and the youth of the country, in a few hours.

Plans are well under way for the day in Hawick on Friday, September 6, when a group of local horsemen will take custody of the flag, ahead of a ceremony on the steps of St Mary’s church and concert in the town hall.

Local organiser Philip Murray, who has spearheaded Hawick’s involvement, told the Hawick News: “I’d been to a couple of Coldstream 1513 dinners and was asked if we could handle an event to mark the special anniversary, and I said of course, Hawick can do anything.”

With the support of the town’s clubs and the Common-Riding Committee, Mr Murray has revealed plans for a one-off event which will begin with the flag being collected from Southdean, before mounted riders Norman Ledbetter, Alastair Casson, Bernie Armstrong, Jason Renwick, Grant Blacklock, Lawrence Marshall and Philip Murray carry it to Hawick via Bonchester Bridge, Denholm, Cavers House and Wellogate Brae. On reaching the bottom of Brougham Place on foot, the flag will then be handed to Cornet Chris Ritson to take to the steps of St Mary’s Kirk. It will then be presented to Provost Stuart Marshall, Bailies and Acting Senior Magistrate Stuart Hunter. Rev. Michael Scouler has been asked to give the main address, and after a piper’s lament, the Cornet and others will carry the flag to the town hall ahead of the evening concert – for which the names of performers are stil to be announced.

On the Saturday morning (September 7), the high school’s head girl and boy, along with their deputies, will accompany the Cornet in carrying the flag to the top of Wilton Path. After a proclamation, it will be handed over to a Selkirk representative at 7am.

Mr Murray commented: “This is quite an exciting event and we hope for the support of the whole town.