THE home of the Saltire is getting ready to re-open its doors to visitors.

Volunteers at The Scottish Flag Trust have been busy sprucing up the centre in Athelstaneford, which tells the story of Scotland’s national flag.

Dave Williamson, Scottish Flag Trust convener, was counting down to Saturday when the doors will reopen.

He said: “This is an exciting and important year for the trust.

“We are in the middle of a massive fundraising appeal to pay for the reharling of the 16th-century doo’cot that houses the audio-visual display, as well as improving access and signage around the site. We’ve been getting the place ready and Covid secure, and can’t wait to welcome our first visitors.”

Legend has it that a Saltire was formed in the sky during the Battle of Athelstaneford in 832 and spurred the Scots on to victory.

The VisitScotland four-star attraction welcomes hundreds of people each year and the story is told in seven different languages, including Scots Gaelic.

Entry is free of charge.

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