Three cheers for ‘Jerusalem’

I note with interest recent letters concerning the status and importance of national anthems, with reference to the referendum in September.

While “Flower of Scotland” has been and is the preferred anthem of Scotland for sport events and beyond, there may be a case for “Highland Cathedral” with words should the people vote yae rather than nae.

The use of the royal national anthem for England during their brief sojourn in Brazil must have made English supporters cringe, as in the first place it is not the English national anthem.

Three cheers for the decision at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games to adopt “Jerusalem” for their winners’ anthem.

“And did those feet in ancient times walk upon England’s mountains green?” – it was totally appropriate and I have been happy to join in when an English winner mounted the rostrum.

Derek Philips

Clovenfords