First Flodden flower festival is a hit with visitors

Flodden themed arrangement at Ford flower festival
Flodden themed arrangement at Ford flower festival
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Over 600 people visited the Flodden Flower Festival over the weekend in Ford Church which stands beside Ford Castle where James IV is said to have stayed having captured it before the battle.

It was the first in a series of six flower festivals planned to take place in churches on both sides of the border over the coming months to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

Floral tributes, specifically designed to reflect themes of peace, healing and reconciliation, were created by many members of the church and the local community assisted by Gillian Platt, president of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.

Displays depicted the English flag and Scottish saltire, the gate to the Battlefield Trail, the Flodden Monument and the story of the battle. Watercolour paintings of healing plants by local artist Alyson Reynolds were also displayed as were Flodden 1513 educational banners and replica weapons and maps of the battlefield courtesy of Clive Hallam Baker.

Heather Pentland, a member of the flower festival team said: “I would like to thank the huge team of people who all worked together to make the festival happen. It was a great success and we were very happy to welcome so many people into the church to remember this important anniversary.

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