Held at Dirleton on the 13th August 2000
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THE STORY OF THE SALTIRE.
When the Picts and the Scots fought the Northumbrian King, Athelstane in 832 A.D. a saltire cross appeared in the cloud formation overhead. The resultant legend has it that this is the reason why St Andrew, whose colours and cross these were, was adopted as the patron Saint of Scotland. Nigel tells of the emergence of the Scottish nation in 'Kenneth'.
The saltire is truly the 'flag of the people' of Scotland with the lion rampant being strictly the royal standard.
Nigel was instrumental is setting up the present display of the saltire and thereby keeping alive the traditional legend.
In her biography of Nigel Ray Bradfield describes Nigel's involvement with Athelstaneford in the 1960s
on pages 103/4. She says
Ray continues. --- " In the kirkyard stands the Saltire Memorial, with plaque, designed by Nigel's best man Eric Stevenson, depicting the scene. It is a windy spot and they get through two flags a year, selling the tattared remnants to sentimental tourists to take home with them to Canada or the United States".