Mem­o­ries of film’s stan­dard-rais­ing

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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


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