A commemorative tapestry started in the 500th year of the Battle of Flodden has finally been completed and is now on permanent display in Coldstream Community Centre’s Leet Room.
The first stitch of the impressive Flodden Tapestry was put in by Coldstream Primary School pupil Georgia Murray-Zmijewski in May 2013 and after other pupils did their bit the work was then handed over to a team of around 20 dedicated ladies who have spent hours working on this permanent memorial.
The idea for the Flodden tapestry came from Linda Holmes, who also masterminded the much admired Flodden wall hangings in the community centre’s main Tweed Room.
Speaking at the unveiling of the finished work last week, Linda said: “All the pupils in the school and the nursery came class by class to put in a few stitches, some more successful than others. I would like to thank Susan Brodie who valiantly helped with the children. We lost count of how many times we re-threaded the needles.”
Once the tapestry had de-camped to the community centre others were encouraged to do their bit, Linda explaining: “We had the tapestry out on display at many functions in the community centre and encouraged people to put in a few stitches and sign the book.
“We had people from all over the world, and our friends from Bennecourt (Coldstream’s twin town) in France. All the countries of the United Kingdom were also represented,”
By September 13, 2015, the task was complete and Brian Turnbull framed and stretched the tapestry, then carefully stored it until it could be hung in the newly decorated Leet Room.
There have been many events to mark the 1513 Battle of Flodden since the 500th anniversary in 2013, including the development of the eco museum which links a number of sites with connections to the battle, but probably the most permanent memorial of all will be the tapestry and wall hangings in Coldstream’s community centre.
The battle of Flodden, between Scotland and England, was disastrous for Scotland - she lost her king, most of her nobles and 10,000 men and it eventually led to the Act of Union between the two nations. The annual Flodden oration is a central feature of Coldstream Civic Week, when the dead of both nations are remembered, and it’s fitting that people from both nations, and many others, have contributed to a permanent memorial in the Flodden Tapestry.