BBC teams up with volunteers for Flodden film

Scottish and English reenactors face off at Branxton as momentum gathers for the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden
Scottish and English reenactors face off at Branxton as momentum gathers for the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden

The BBC is working with local volunteers to create a short film about this year’s Flodden celebrations.

Amateur cameramen from both sides of the border are involved in the project, which started with an introductory session at the weekend.

They plan to continue their work this Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, when they will create a film for the BBC’s learning zone website.

Duncan MacInnes, producer and director at BBC Learning in Glasgow, is overseeing the operation.

“This is another part of our outreach programme at the BBC,” he said.

“Some of these volunteers have some experience making short films, so we’ve just been familiarising everybody with the kit, and hopefully they will get some good footage this coming weekend.”

In other Flodden news, the steep steps leading to the battlefield from the Branxton car park are now being converted into a wheelchair friendly zig-zag path.

Local histoiran Cive Hallam-Baker revealed that plans being made for a Flodden photography competition in the autumn, in partnership with local camera clubs.

With the battle’s 500th anniversary approaching, plans are afoot for various walking tours to mark the occasion.