Flodden themed flower festival proves a big hit

The team behind Ford's flower festival

The team behind Ford's flower festival

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More than 600 people visited the flower festival at St Michael & All Angels in Ford to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

The festival,held over the Easter weekend, was part of the wider Flodden 1513 Project designed to commemorate this important anniversary.

The 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. To depict a little more of the background to Flodden, the Flodden 1513 Project created educational banners and local historian Clive Hallam Baker provided replica weapons and maps of the battlefield.

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.

“Visitors enjoyed the flower displays and learning more about the history of the Battle of Flodden and were very interested in the banners made by the Flodden 1513 project which were in the church throughout the weekend.”

The church stands beside Ford Castle which was captured by the Scots before the battle and James IV himself is said to have stayed there so it was a particularly fitting setting for the event. Over 100 people attended the Easter Sunday service.

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