Flodden 500: the build-up
WELL, it’s here at last, the year we have all been working for – the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden will occur on September 9.
With this in mind, Flodden 500 Selkirk would like to announce the approval of our grant application from the Landfill Communities Fund. This fund has granted £17,417 towards the cost of our memorial garden project (for which planning permission was lodged this week) which will see us now able to move forward and, hopefully, have the garden completed in time for this year’s Common Riding.
The Flodden 500 Selkirk committee are grateful to the Landfill Fund for this grant, and the £3,000 from the Common Good and continued support from the public of Selkirk, and we have now raised the required sum for the garden project.
The committee are still fundraising to provide entertainment and items for the children at the commemoration, and we have a full year’s programme planned.
This started with a quiz night last month, to be followed by a coffee morning on March 30 when, again, the plans for the garden will be on display.
April 21 sees a car treasure hunt. This was very successful last year, so the same format will be used. The annual duck race will be held on May 19 when 1,000 ducks are to be released down the dam side.
Then in June we will raffle a hamper for the Common Riding. This is not the full list of events as we will continue to fundraise throughout the full year.
The programme for the anniversary will begin with the official opening of the memorial garden on September 7 at 1pm, followed by the children’s concert. It is proposed to have young dancers perform a new routine they are rehearsing, along with a new song to be sung by the primary school children. The association hopes to invite the junior band to perform, but we are still to finalise the exact content and hopefully more will be added to the list.
The evening concert will start at 7.30pm, featuring the John Nicol play Soddin Floddin, followed by a mix of local performers showcasing their talents. When the final list is completed we will let you all know and as numbers will be limited, keep a look in the local press for more updates.
On September 15 we will be holding our walk back from Flodden. This will take the form of a staged return with short walks of five to 10 miles each. The route will follow the paths we have walked during the last five years, only in reverse.
It would be nice if we could encourage 80 walkers to participate in this to emulate the 80 Souters who marched to Flodden. The walkers will meet the returning riders from the Ex-Standard Bearers’ South Marches Ride at the High School playing fields, with the young ones dressed in period costume.
The aim is to make this a real family day where we can all have some fun and enjoyment. We will inviting all the Crafts to bring their flags and to march in procession with us down to the Victoria Halls to end the day with refreshments.
This is just a brief account of all the proceedings that will be taking place over the year, but we will update to all as and when events are finalised.
Why not come along to our coffee morning and have a chat with us and find out more?
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Monday 20 May 2013
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