BONNIE Wingham Scots commemoration of Flodden and the birth of the Scottish soldier, was voted by attendees as a fitting ceremony of remembrance.
With the hypothesis that Flodden was the basis of "Triumph from Disaster", Professor Sybil Jack traced the events leading up to the battle, and the slow but sure recognition of, and implementation of the lessons learned. Her power point presentation was well received and appreciated.
St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Wingham was the venue for a commemoration service highlighting the sacrifices made by ordinary people in pursuit of equality and justice in both worship and government.
Dr Wade King, a member of the Bonnie Wingham committee, a descendant of Robert the Bruce, and a lay preacher at St. Andrews, delivered the sermon on "Living Sacrifice."
Within the ecumenical theme of the day, a Grand Concert was held in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wingham, which highlighted the Scottishness of the commemoration and the community, and entertained a large crowd who enjoyed the performances of two choirs, a string ensemble, and several soloists, singing and playing the songs and tunes they first heard at their grandmothers knee.
A feature of the programme was the performance of Wingham Services Pipes and Drums who concluded their presentation with "The Scottish Soldier" followed with a stirring rendition by baritone George Hoad, the concert's M.C., of the same song.