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Flodden inspires a new generation; Group plans to re-enact scenes from 16th century.

Byline: Tony Henderson

THE 500th anniversary of a major Northumberland battle has inspired the creation of a group which will re-enact the period.

Plans to mark the anniversary next year of the Battle of Flodden have seen history enthusiasts from across the country come together to set up the Armet group, which will re-create scenes from the early 16th century.

The group, named after a helmet of the time, will make its debut when it stages a Living History event on the Ford & Etal estate, which is near the 1513 battlefield.

The event on September 1 and 2 will be staged at Etal walled garden from 11am to 4pm on both days in what will be a taster for next year's major commemorative programme.

The group will set up a Living History camp to showcase traditional costumes, cookery and grooming.

There will also be displays of weaponry and drill techniques used at the time of Flodden and a mixture of historical traders and crafts.

There are plans to stage a bigger Living History event next year and it is hoped that next week's camp will encourage North East visitors to sign up to be involved.

"The forthcoming 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden has generated a lot of interest both locally and nationally in the tactics of the armies of the time, and the way in which an army moved around in the landscape," said Flodden project officer Kendra Turnbull.

At Flodden Field an estimated 10,000 Scots lost their lives, including the Scottish King James IV, as they were routed by the English.

Kendra said: "The army did not solely comprise soldiery, but included women, children and camp followers, all engaged in tasks which kept an army on the move. Clothing, farriery and cooking were as important to the army in those days as tactical manoeuvring."

As part of the next week's show there will be a children''s competition to design the group's standard which will be displayed at Living History events throughout 2013 to mark the anniversary.

Entrance to the Living History camp is pounds 3 for adults and pounds 1 for children and car parking is free.

The Armet event will be run on Sunday, September 2, alongside the annual Etal Horticultural Show.

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