Homage paid to Scots who fell at Flodden at annual ceremony on Piperton Hill

Flodden !513 Club member Harry Brydon and 1981 Selkirk Ex standard Bearer Keith Riddell lay wreaths at Flodden War Memorial
Flodden !513 Club member Harry Brydon and 1981 Selkirk Ex standard Bearer Keith Riddell lay wreaths at Flodden War Memorial

SEPTEMBER 9 has, for over a decade, been a focus for the members of Coldstream’s Flodden 1513 Club.

Last Sunday evening club chairman James Bell and Piper Duncan Bell led a good group of members up Piperton Hill, Branxton, to pay homage to the Scots who fell at the battle in 1513.

The skies were sullen as dusk approached, giving an eerie air to the landscape, and Harry Brydon and the Selkirk Standard Bearer laid wreaths at the monument.

Duncan Bell piped the lament and bugler Peter Meikle gave the ‘last post’ at which point Standard Bearer Godfrey Bryson lowered the club flag.

Trevor Swan and Malcolm Campbell both gave excellent presentations on, and invited toasts to, ‘James IV’ and ‘Border Men Who Fell’ and Keith Riddell of the Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers gave poignant remarks about the battle and thanked the 1513 Club for the solid liaison between the clubs.

Sprigs of thistles were also laid at the monument beside wreaths from the Flodden 500 Association and one commemorating the English who fell at the battle. 1513 club member David Shepherd is thanked for displaying Scottish flags at the monument.

The Flodden 1513 Club continues tomorrow night with its commemorations, with a dinner in the Royal British Legion when guest speakers are Eric Grounds of Shellacres, John Gray of Galashiels and Derek Balmbro of Coldstream.

Members and guests are expected to arrive at the Legion for 7pm. Committee members are expected to bring raffle prizes.