Angus National Trust group to host Bannockburn talk

Stirling 8.12.06'King Robert the Bruce's statue at Bannockburn''Pic Neil Hanna'King of Scotland'Robert the Bruce'stirling castle'stirling bridge'bannockburn'scotland'SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

Stirling 8.12.06'King Robert the Bruce's statue at Bannockburn''Pic Neil Hanna'King of Scotland'Robert the Bruce'stirling castle'stirling bridge'bannockburn'scotland'SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

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The Angus Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland are to host a talk given by a member of staff from the Bannockburn visitor centre.

The talk is set to take place on Thursday, January 16, at the Guide Hall, Myre Car Park in Forfar. It begins at 2.30 p.m. and the event is open to everyone. Tickets cost £4 and includes light refreshments. No pre-booking is required.

The talk will focus on the Battle of Bannockburn, which took place in 1314 near Stirling, and the creation of a new visitors centre.

To mark the 700th anniversary of the battle, in a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, the monuments have been restored and repaired and an exciting new visitor centre is due to open in March.

The famous two-day battle between the Scottish forces under Robert the Bruce and a much larger English army under King Edward II is often regarded as one of the most decisive battles of the First War of Scottish Independence.

The area where Robert the Bruce was thought to have planted his standard and gathered his troops before the battle was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in 1943.

Over the years a number of commemorative monuments have been built on the site, including the impressive bronze statue of Bruce on his war horse, which was unveiled by the Queen in 1964.