IF YOU enjoyed the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival and are craving another historical fix then you might appreciate this unusual treat.
Over the weekend of September 7 and 8, 500 years of Scottish history will be commemorated in Wingham.
The Manning district has a proud Scottish heritage. As a reflection of this heritage a program of events has been created to mark and commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden’ and the 500th anniversary of recognition of The Scottish Soldier.
Many visitors from beyond the Manning Valley are expected to be in Wingham for this special weekend.
“This is a chance for us all to welcome visitors and to showcase the magic of Wingham and the Upper Manning,” organiser Eric Richardson said.
Endorsed by the Scottish Australian Heritage Council and supported by the Manning Valley Historical Society, the Wingham program is the approved NSW commemoration of these epic historic hallmarks.
Because of this state-wide endorsement, members of the Scottish Australia Heritage Council are coming to Wingham to participate in the commemorative activities.
Eric is delighted with the local support he has received. “Local people have really gotten behind the concept and will be participating in many ways.”
A gala Scottish dinner will be held at the Wingham Services Club on the Saturday night with the guest speaker being the renowned historian, Professor Sybil Jack MA. B.Litt, Dip ED, FRHS. Professor Jack will talk about “Turning Defeat into Triumph”. Tickets are available at the club.
On Sunday morning a commemorative service will be held at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Wingham at 9.30am. An open invitation is extended to all.
The final event will be the grand Scottish concert at the Wingham Catholic Church on Sunday at 2pm. The program features a range of Scottish entertainment, including choirs, soloists and instrumental performances.
Well-known local resident George Hoad is the concert master of ceremonies. “We have a great line-up of talent. I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy an afternoon of Scottish fun,” he said.
Tickets $8. Free admission for children under 10 years. Tickets at the door or bookings at “Bent on Life” in Wingham.
For further information contact Eric Richardson on 6553 5412.
The Battle of Flodden
IN 1513 the Battle of Flodden was a devastating defeat of the Scots by the English. It was the climax of two centuries of war with England. One of the significant things about the aftermath of the battle was that despite Scotland’s losses, less than 100 years later it was a male Stuart King who inherited the throne of England, James VI. The union of the two kingdoms lead to the establishment of the United Kingdom as we know it today. The Battle of Flodden also led to changes whereby clan leaders who commanded their followers in times of conflict, gave way to the creation of a professional army based on regimental groupings, such as the Black Watch and the Coldstream Guards – The Scottish Soldier. Scotland’s regiments have represented the United Kingdom in many a successful campaig