Pilgrims journey to Flodden

Pilgrims from both sides of the border are to participate in the Flodden 500 commemorations.

They will be carrying images of the St Cuthbert Peace Banner which is being specially made for the occasion by ladies from Yetholm.

It will be carried into the Service of Solemn Commemoration at Branxton by the pilgrims on September 10, the day after the Battle of Flodden anniversary.

The peace and reconciliation pilgrimage is being organised by the Northumbria Community, an ecumenical Christian community based at Felton.

Roy Searle, one of the leaders of the Northumbria Community, said: “The community is privileged to play a part in these special commemorations of a day which saw our two nations fighting each other for the last time with such awful bloodhsed.

“St Cuthbert, born north of the border but dearly loved on both sides, well represents the spirit of peace and reconciliation in which our pilgrims will prayerfully retrace the steps of the armies in 1513.”

The main group of walkers will leave Durham on September 1. Others are departing from Pontefract, Linlithgow, Wooler and Edinburgh.

They are due to arrive on September 7 and will be staying in Crookham. They will participate in services in various local churches on Sunday, September 8 and will attend a vigil for peace in Crookham Church from 7pm that evening.

Hosts are being arranged for the two dozen or so pilgrims but more are needed. If you can help, contact Gill Yellowlees on 01670 787645.