Today, Tuesday 24th June 2014, is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn where King Robert I vanquished the English, securing independence for Scotland and the throne for himself.
With less than a week to go, Clan Hay looks forward in anticipation to taking part in Bannockburn Live, the signature event that takes place this coming weekend to mark this landmark anniversary.
This is a major event celebrating one of the key events in Scotland's history. It is a truly national celebration, with no political bias, offering activities for all Scots and expatriate Scots, of all ages.
Highlights of a packed weekend programme include:
Friday 27th June: Pipefest Stirling. A parade of 1500 pipers, drummers and Clan Societies through the city of Stirling, beginning on Stirling Castle esplanade at 6.00 pm. The much respected and award winning Clan Hay Pipe Band will be among those leading the parade, and our fellow clansmen would, doubtless, appreciate your support. Clan Hay will gather at a local restaurant for dinner after the parade. Contact the Treasurer, Pam Rotheroe-Hay on firstname.lastname@example.org to join us.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June: Bannockburn Live. A spectacular two day event at the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling including festivals of Scottish music, literature, food & drink and sport, together with a working 14th century village demonstrating 14th century crafts. There will the three re-enactments of the battle on each day, performed by experienced battlefield performers, which will re-create the experience of our Hay ancestors who played a heroic part in this epic struggle, all those years ago. The Clan Hay Society will have a hospitality tent in the Clan Village, where Hays from Scotland and further afield will be welcomed between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on both days. See www.bannockburnlive.com for tickets for this event.
Saturday 28th July: Tartan Ties. A ceilidh and supper event organised by the Clan Hay Society and supported by sponsorship from Visit Scotland, taking place at nearby Blair Drummond Hall, from 7.30 pm. The cost is £25.00 and tickets are available from the treasurer on email@example.com
We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a truly memorable weekend.