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Bannockburn goes into Battle
For many years, Scotland was ruled by the English. Then on the 24th June 1314 led by Robert the Bruce, the Scots defeated the English and gained their independence. The battle was won at Battle of Bannockburn after which our town is named.
The Bannockburn and District Lions Club in conjunction with the local Golf Club ran a 700 year celebration day of the Battle of Bannockburn that included a re-enactment of the Battle plus demonstrations and exhibits that included people in period costumes and armour, battle dressed horses, pipe bands, highland dancing, a medieval village, a Viking village, archery, jousting and much, much more. the day attracted well over 5000 people.
The setting among the trees and along the fairways at the local Golf Club was ideal.
The Bannockburn Brigade as part of its Community Fire Safety program was represented by some 20 bold knights, members, who manned static displays handing out literature and lots of freebies for the young and not so young. The Knights assisted by Captain ( King for the day) Koala, engaged the visitors with friendly advice and information relating to the "Prepare, Act and Survive message.
With the co-operation of the District training department and under the watchful eye of Instructor David Hume Brigade members conducted several impressive displays using the gas fire trailer and employing the five man step-up procedure. Some 200 to 300 people watched each display and where suitably impressed as our members stepped their way into the flames under the protection of a fog pattern.
Overall the day (and Knight) was a great success with lots if Community Fire Safety information filtered into the hands of community members.