Norham will be rocking for Flodden anniversary

Folk Rockin' for Flodden
Folk Rockin' for Flodden

To complement traditional events planned to mark the Flodden anniversary, a group of residents is organising a musical extravaganza.

The 12-strong Norham Flodden 500 Committee first started planning ‘Folk Rockin 4 Flodden’ in August last year and things have progressed steadily since then.

The event now has its own dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages and can boast a line-up including Borders favourites Scocha; Dave-Hull Denholm, Charlie Harcourt and Steve Daggett from Lindisfarne; Norham success story Derek Meins and The Small Hall Band.

With posters up around north Northumberland and Berwickshire, word is quickly spreading about the September 7 concert.

Now the committee, which includes Lisa Johnson from Duns, is looking to attract widespread interest from people interesting in attending and those wishing to lend some support.

“The event was spearhead by my mother and father-in-law Sheila and Sandy Johnson, who are both from Norham and felt that the village should play a part in the Flodden 500 celebrations,” explained Lisa, who is responsible for the advertising and promotion of the event.

“We started planning last year because we knew there would be a lot of work involved and we were right.

“There is still a lot to be done and we appreciate that not everyone can commit to being a full-time committee member but we need lots of help on the day itself.”

The Norham Flodden 500 Committee originally hoped to hold ‘Folk Rockin 4 Flodden’ on the grounds of Norham Castle, but were unable to secure permission from English Heritage.

Instead, the concert will take place in an adjacent field with the castle as the backdrop.

Fortunately, there have been no problems securing a great lineup of musicians and Lisa explained that the committee agreed it had to represent both sides of the border.

“Scocha are great because as well as being really popular they make reference to famous battles and Scottish history during their shows,” she said.

“Lindisfarne are the English equivalent and it’s great that Derek is coming up to perform as he’s a local lad that’s done really well.”

Various events are being held on both sides of the border this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

Tickets for ‘Folk Rockin 4 Flodden’ are priced £20 and are available from The Maltings and Border Events.