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Bannockburn Live gets underway near Stirling

Actors take part in a re-enactment to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle Of Bannockburn. Picture: Getty

Actors take part in a re-enactment to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle Of Bannockburn. Picture: Getty


THE two-day Bannockburn Live event is underway, marking the 700th anniversary of the battle that saw Robert the Bruce defeat the English army led by Edward II.

More than 300 “warriors” have performed scenes choreographed by the team behind the battle sequences in hit films Gladiator and Robin Hood, and visitors have had the chance to trace their ancestral roots and experience life as it was lived in the 14th century.

ScotRail has said it will provide more than 6,000 extra seats to help customers travel to and from the city this weekend.

The train operator will run longer trains for customers travelling between Stirling and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Alloa, Dunblane, Inverness and Perth on both Saturday and Sunday.

The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland have meanwhile been working for months to transform the Bannockburn site ahead of the 700th anniversary celebrations.

Historic monuments have been restored and a new visitor centre has welcomed thousands of visitors since opening earlier this year.

Visitors to Bannockburn Live will get the chance to see armour and swords being made in a blacksmiths and watch as men are treated in hospital as they come off the battlefield.

The town is also playing host to UK Armed Forces Day, with Prime Minister David Cameron, First Minister Alex Salmond and the Princess Royal set to join thousands of visitors.

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