Flodden banner ride ‘once-in-a-lifetime’

Flodden flag.

Flodden flag.

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A specially commissioned banner will be carried by riders from nine Borders towns to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

The banner was the brainchild of the 1513 Club, founded in 1997 to ensure the estimated 10,000 Scots who died on Branxton Moor are suitably remembered.

From those humble beginnings which involved just four men from Coldstream, the club now boasts 50 members and four life members, as well as a number of associate members, including some from as far afield as Australia.

As well as organising the annual commemoration, including the accompanying dinner, the 1513 Club has also erected a monument to the nuns of Coldstream Priory – who retrieved bodies from the battlefield – and installed a stained glass window in Coldstream Parish Church.

But for the 500th anniversary year, it was decided to do something special and to this end the club is bringing together representatives of eight other Borders towns for what promises to be a unique once-in-a-lifetime event.

Christened The Borderers’ Return, it will see specially-designated riders from Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose, Lauder, Duns and, of course Coldstream, all taking turns to carry the special banner round the region.

Each town will be read a proclamation and will buss the flag with their own colours.

The event starts on Thursday, September 5, at 7.45am at the Flodden Memorial, and a full timetable will be posted on the club website (www.1513club.co.uk).

Club secretary Gerald Tait told us: “It’s turning into a bigger event than we first thought and promises to be something very special. The other towns have all been very responsive.”