Flodden: Banner is blessed

Almost five hundred years on from the Battle of Flodden an early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner today started a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark one of the most significant battles in the British Isles.

By the end of the day on September 9, 1513, Scotland had lost most of its government, including King James IV, the last British king to be killed in battle, and more than 100 nobles.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

But it was the loss of ordinary men, many from the small border towns and villages, that cast the longest shadow.

In Selkirk, the Fletcher Memorial commemorates the return of the solitary man, from the 80 townsmen who joined the Scottish army, to return alive after the battle.

Apart from a cross on the bare hillside near Branxton in north Northumberland, there is little else to signify the battlefield where more than 15,000 Scots and English died 500 years ago on Monday.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

An early morning ceremony of Blessing the Banner starts a commemorative horseback relay around the small border towns of Scotland to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.