The chairman of Seahouses Probus Club, Brian Brand, welcomed himself back after his recent successful heart operation. He also welcomed our one visitor and hoped he would become a full member in due course.
Birthday wishes were offered to members with birthdays during February and our secretary Frazer Suffield and treasurer Forbes Grant gave their reports.
Our social secretary Bill Godfrey reported that he would be making arrangements for visits to Holy Island and to BBC Newcastle.
Our past chairman Roger Howell was then invited by our chairman to introduce the speaker, which he did with reference to Scottish, French and English rivalry, a most pertinent reference as the subject of Lord Joicey’s talk was to be Flodden.
In a fascinating talk, Lord Joicey began by telling us that the battle was between England and Scotland on September 9, 1513, this year, therefore, being the 500th anniversary and that England won resulting in the death of 10,000 Scots and 3,000 English.
He then expounded on how little is really known about the battle outside of the surrounding area despite the importance of the battle. He explained what a turning point in Anglo-Scottish relationships the battle had been, how England, Scotland and France had up to this time been almost equal players on the world stage and that after the battle the Scottish King and virtually the whole of the Court had died at the hands of the English under the leadership of the Earl of Surrey and that Scotland never again had the same world presence despite the irony of the King of Scotland becoming the King of England and Scotland less than 100 years later.
There was much about the organisation of the anniversary which is being recognised by the formation of an ecomuseum. An ecomuseum is not green or organic but is a museum focused on the identity of a place, based on local participation and aiming to enhance the welfare and development of local communities.
Much can found out from thewebsite www.iflodden.info
Roger Howell then thanked Lord Joicey for what everyone had considered an excellent talk on a subject of enormous local interest.