Project will tell Border story

In response to Coun Blackburn's letter (Berwick Advertiser, December 29), I would like to assure him that work to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham is well advanced.

Sunday, 15th January 2017, 8:00 am

With support from tourist organisations and universities, the locally-based Carham 1018 Society is working with the Battlefields Trust to put on a series of events in 2018.

These will include a weekend re-enactment and living history event in July 2018, public talks and meetings, publications and an academic conference so that the story of Carham and the setting of the border will be explained to as many people as possible.

Little is known about the battle and there is argument about many of the basic facts, but it is certain that the battle, Carham’s place on the Tweed and the link to St Cuthbert all form part of fascinating story.

As with all heritage and history projects, it is vital that the work and results are as inclusive as possible and for all ages.

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One thousand years ago Carham and Berwick were situated in the middle of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. England and Scotland did not exist as we now know them. The Battle of Carham is very much the start of the Border story.

After the Battle of Carham the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria was split into two. The Tweed became the de facto eastern line of the border between the emerging nations of Scotland and England, although this did not become the de jure border until the Treaty of York in 1237.

Other than at Berwick, the eastern border has remained unchanged for 1,000 years – first 500 years of conflict, then 500 years of reconciliation, until today when the Border is an administrative and political line, but not a border or barrier to commerce, trade, travel or movement.

Berwick has a unique part to play and I hope that individuals and organisations in the town will work with the Carham project to help promote and tell the Border story to as wide an audience as possible.

Clive Hallam-Baker