‘Flower Of Scotland’

October 9, 2010

‘FLOWER Of Scotland’ has been chosen as the favourite to be the Scottish national anthem after the results of a poll were announced last night by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The popular rugby song, written by folk group The Corries, finished ahead of ‘Scotland The Brave’ after more than 10,000 people voted online.

By Gordon Waddell

Swimmer Robbie Renwick becomes first Scot to sing new anthem Flower of Scotland at Commonwealth Games GOLDEN boy Robbie Renwick was the Power of Scotland yesterday.

The swimmer became the first athlete to belt out our “new” national anthem at the Commonwealth Games. The 22-year-old swimmer won Scotland’s first gold in Delhi in the 200m freestyle. Robbie dedicated his win to the coach he lost to cancer in April, Eileen Adams. Then he admitted it was a thrill to finally sing along to Flower Of Scotland on the podium.

The team’s athletes voted for the change after years of Scotland The Brave.
the Abordeen born Glasgow-based Robbie was grinning from ear to ear as he joined in, even shouting out the “Against who?” ad-lib so loved by the Tartan Army.
He laughed: “That’s my favourite part. It’s just such a good anthem. I was one of the ones who voted for the change.
“It was such a good moment to hear it being played up there.
“It’s such a proud moment. “That’s what you train all your life for.”
Robbie had missed out on the 400m freestyle on Monday night but more than made up for it in the 200m.
Robbie said: “After the disappointment of the 400, I came back and now I’m Commonwealth champion.”That’s our first gold and hopefully the first of many. “I stayed calm. I learned a lot from yesterday.”
‘Flower Of Scotland’, traditionally heard echoing around Murrayfield, is often accused of being anti-English. The song was written by Roy Williamson in the 1960s.

IT WAS penned to celebrate the nation’s greatest military victory. Now Flower Of Scotland, the song that honours the heroes of Bannockburn, will mark our sporting triumphs too

‘A Man’s A Man For A’ That’ was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament. First Minister Jack McConnell named ‘Highland Cathedral’, written in 1982, as his favourite. It has words written by Ben Kelly, from Inverness


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