To mark the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans, we are planning an exciting long weekend of events. There really should be something for everyone!
SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2020
“Beneath the Thorntree”: a commemoration in music, poetry and song – join us online for the premiere of our very special 275th anniversary film, which replaces the live performance which had originally been planned. Showcasing the cultural legacy of the battle and bringing to life some of the local people it affected, this narrated gala of music and poetry readings will be broadcast for the first time on our Facebook and YouTube pages at 8pm.
SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020
Clan Commemoration & Exhibition Preview – from 11am-12pm we invite members of clan or regimental societies or bearing the names of clans present at the battle to join us for a short commemoration at Prestonpans Town Hall, along with a chance to view our new Clans & Regiments exhibition boards.
1745 Activity Day at the Town Hall – join us and our friends the Alan Breck’s Regiment at Prestonpans Town Hall for a unique afternoon of activities. Chat to the soldiers, meet the two commanders, see our display of 5,000 paper soldiers, and help refight the battle on our wargame table. As well as fun craft activities, there will also be a display of new exhibition boards about the Clans & Regiments of the battle. Open 12-4pm, Free Entry, and suitable for all ages. More information will be posted on our Facebook events page. Some special measures may be put in place to ensure we are Covid-19 secure, so please follow the advice of our signage and volunteers.
MONDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2020
Anniversary Commemoration – join us as we mark the actual 275th anniversary of the battle with a special commemoration at the foot of Meadowmill Viewpoint Pyramid at 12pm. The short ceremony will conclude with a silence to remember those who fell on both sides of the conflict. All are welcome to attend.
We are also hoping to run a walking tour of the central battlefield area, subject to government guidelines. The tour(s) will be free but bookable. Links will be posted here and on our Facebook events pages.