Battle celebration

Once again, my flabber is truly gasted by another quango chief’s complete naivete regarding the so-called Bannockburn celebrations (your report, 20 March).

Homecoming Scotland director Caroline Packham wants no political posturing by campaign groups when visitors to the event in June are encouraged to view the re-enactment of mass slaughter of men and horses caused by the political vanity of kings as “a great day out”.

Compare this with the muted respect given to the millions of men and horses who died in the First World War.

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Politicians and their pursuit of self interest are at the root cause of most wars and you can’t help but feel that the celebration of Bannockburn is a political event in itself.

To celebrate the sound and spectacle of war without paying heed to the repercussions of unfettered political power reeks of hypocrisy. As someone who has been to war, believe me, it’s no cause for celebration.

David Cruickshanks

Weavers Crescent


I was irritated by you headline, “Bannockburn slaps ban on Yes supporters”. Reading beyond the headline there is no mention of Yes supporters, far less slapping anything on them.

A spokesperson is quoted as saying: “Bannockburn Live isn’t a forum for political campaigning.” Presumably this applies equally to Better Together. She goes on to say: “We’ve not been approached by any [campaign groups].”

So we have a non-story spun with anti-Yes bias. My own view is that an informed debate on Scotland’s future is a better way to celebrate an iconic event in Scotland’s history than what appears to be a glorified fun fair/rock concert.

Laurence Milne