• Short Summary

    Traditional parade and ceremony to remember the sole Scottish survivor of the Battle of Flodden.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Selkirk Common Riding".

    Selkirk, Borders, Scotland.

    Various shots of a large parade of people marching along a village road, including Scottish pipers, two long lines of British Legion men and several men on horseback. Commentator explains that when the Battle of Flodden was fought between the English and the Scottish, all the men of Selkirk died except for one man who returned with a captured English flag. The townspeople have kept the tradition of holding a procession with one English flag being carried.

    The 'captured' flag (not Union Jack) is carried by a man on horseback across a river. After galloping up a hill the group of accompanying horsemen and women stop for a glass of milk, then the procession continues through more rivers to completely encircle the town. A huge crowd welcomes the flag back to the main part of the town by men on galloping horses. At the market square, the flag bearer stands on a platform and swings the flag about his head, as the original flag bearer after the battle did. Another man swings a Union Jack flag about as the crowd cheers. Brief M/S of the Provost and another man.

    Note: small sections of soundtrack are missing throughout this item.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:11:00 / 01:39:31:00

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