Step back in time at Devilla

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17 JUNE 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13705

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A free event in Fife aims to take visitors through a journey back in time to the 11th century to experience the battle of Bordie on Culross moor.

This famous local battle took place in 1038 when the Danes tried to invade with the Scots fighting back to protect their homeland. 

Hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland and local drama group Forth Pilgrim, the historical event is to be held at Devilla Forest on Sunday 27th June from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Jenny Crick, Community Ranger with Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“The area is steeped in local history and there are some amazing stories to be told. There are also important remnants of the battle of Bordie still to be found in the forest, including the ancient stone where the Scots met and raised their flag just before battle commenced.

“The event will be brought to life with the local drama group. Visitors can join in and they could even find themselves joining a secret covenanters meeting as they worship outside trying to avoid persecution from the authorities at the time.”

The event is free and open to all the family. The walk through time will be about 3km long on mainly flat paths suitable for children pushchairs and mobility buggies. Dogs are allowed but please keep them on a lead. 

Booking is essential please ring Julie Hamilton on 01555 660190.

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate

2. Forth pilgrim is a Dunfermline based company who work with local schools to provide a vivid history spectacular for the children mixing drama with guided walks and activities. Their sessions are interactive allowing the children to really feel part of their local history and to understand their past.

3.  Media enquiries to Jenny Crick, Scottish Lowlands Forest District on 01555 660190 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.