Memories of film’s standard-raising
Sir, My memories were stirred by Ian Thornber’s comments about Glenfinnan.
When I was a youngster, a pretty dreadful film called ‘Bonny Prince Charlie’ was made, starring David Niven as the prince. My younger brother and I were roped in as extras, and told our job was to carry the clan chiefs’ weapons while they circled round playing the pipes in front of the prince. We were dressed in sacking, slathered in mud and made to climb a knoll in our bare feet above Glenfinnan, where the standard was duly raised. We spent the morning rehearsing in the rain, and filming took part in the afternoon.
So it seems that the film’s producers also believed that the standard was raised somewhere above Loch Shiel, and not where the famous monument now stands. Christopher Paine Great Missenden