Battle lines drawn to capture flavour of Flodden in a tub

Ice cream maker Neill Maxwell.
Ice cream maker Neill Maxwell.

The search is on to find the flavour of Flodden in a tub.

Doddington Dairy has launched a competition to find the ice cream flavour that will best commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

Ice cream maker Neill Maxwell is from the same Nithsdale clan as John Maxwell, 4th Lord Maxwell, who died on the battlefield on September 9, 1513.

He is looking for a flavour which evokes the characters, clans, companies and countries which took part in the Borders battle, a turning point in British history.

Neill said: “Flodden was a day of mixed fortunes that shaped our history and as descendents of some of its participants, we want to make an ice cream that could suggest the national pride that fed into the battle.

“Perhaps we’re looking for something bitter-sweet or which suggests the nationalities involved.

“And don’t forget we all love horrible histories, so a sense of humour is fine.

“We are looking for something that is truly commemorative in terms of the name and flavour of this truly bloody battle.”

Entrants will battle it out to see their flavour on sale on both sides of the Border and to win a luxury Doddington food hamper of cheeses, chutneys and biscuits and a year’s supply of Doddington Dairy ice cream, which is made just minutes from the site of the battlefield.

Doddington Dairy needs to hear from anyone who has a taste for the occasion by Friday, March 1.

Entries can be sent by email to or by post to Doddington Dairy, North Doddington Farm, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6AN.

Entrants can suggest any flavour or mixture of ingredients, however it must not contain nuts.