Student’s ‘Sons of Heroes’ talk at Hub

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A Hawick student’s research into the Common-Riding will form the basis of a special talk later this month.

Emma Elliot Walker’s ‘Sons of Heroes Slain at Flodden’ will examine the reasons why men were appointed as Cornet and what this said about ‘manliness’ at the time.

A student a Edinburgh University, Miss Elliot Walker will also look at the way the festival was reinvented by the town’s middle classes to demonstrate their power and loyalty within and to the nation.

She has conducted an in-depth social history study of the the Common-Riding, and has tried to find the original words and ideas of the town’s population between 1887-1939.

Her research focused on the different way in which the Common-Riding story was constructed and used over time to represent the shifting value of the community.

Admission to the event – which takes place at the Heritage Hub on Monday, May 26 at6pm – is free but places are limited and booking is advisable on 360699 or