There is pride in Selkirk this week in a job well done to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden and its links with the Royal Burgh.
The last major event of the commemorations was held in the town’s Victoria Halls on Friday evening, when a special dinner, attended by more than 200, saw the handing over of a new Burgh Flag.
It was presented by the Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association, which has done so much to ensure the milestone 500th anniversary was marked in a fitting manner.
Accepting the flag on behalf of the Common Riding Trust, Provost David Anderson told the assembled company the soul of Selkirk was in her flags, and all who were enshrouded within their folds, felt a deep emotion.
He thanked David Mitchell and James Heatlie for liaising with Heriot-Watt University in the production of the flag, and also thanked the Ex-Standard Bearers for their generosity.
“I can assure you that future generations of Standard Bearers will be charged to return it, just like its predecessors, unsullied and untarnished,” he told them.
Provost Anderson also replied to the toast to King James IV and the battle, proposed by Flodden 1513 Club chairman James Bell.
Praising Mr Bell’s “magnificent” contribution to the commemorations across the Borders, he said Selkirk was always going to mark the anniversary.
“But it’s been a pleasure to join with the Flodden 1513 Club, both in the Borderers Return rideout, and the poignant ceremonies at Branxton,” he added.
And speaking to The Wee Paper this week, he said: “This anniversary was always going to be a big deal here in Selkirk, because Flodden has been felt to be such an important part of who they are by the people of Selkirk for 500 years.”