AN oak tree has been planted to commemorate the forthcoming 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.
The event was organised by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS), and nearly 50 members, local landowners, farmers and representatives of the 1513 Club, Coldstream History Society, Glendale Local History Society, Coquetdale Community Archaeology, Northumberland Archaeological Group and consultant archaeologists John Nolan and Jenny Vaughan, met to honour the memory of those who fought and died on September 9, 1513.
Heather Pentland, chairman of TillVAS, welcomed people from both sides of the Border, some having travelled up to 50 miles, and introduced Chris Butterworth, an officiate of the British Humanist Society, who spoke for several minutes on the tragic events in 1513 and the devastation of war in general.
Dr Chris Burgess, Northumberland county archaeologist and president of TillVAS, who has worked for a number of years on the battlefield, was then invited to plant the tree, with some assistance from Tom Turnbull of Branxton and Rob Bell, piper and member of the 1513 Club in Coldstream, who followed up with a rendering of the lament.
Dr Burgess thanked TillVAS for this opportunity to create a lasting memorial to Flodden, all those present who had assisted with his investigations on the battle site over the years, and added that he was proud to have witnessed the creation of TillVAS and CCA.