Published at 21:39, Wednesday, 27 July 2011
A GLORIOUS summer’s day greeted the 88 horsemen who set off from the Kilngreen on the Castle Craigs ride-out last Saturday.
Led by Cornet Lee Earsman, supported by his right and left-hand men Graeme Murray and Derek Hogg, the riders were cheered by hundreds of supporters lining the High Street and the Kirk Wynd where they enjoyed the usual gallop.
The cavalcade were treated to fantastic views of the hills and valleys on the way to the Castle Craigs where they stopped for refreshments and photos. They then turned down onto the Copshaw road before making their way across country to Cronksbank where hundreds of followers had walked, cycled and driven to meet them. An hour’s break ensured everyone was refreshed before they headed for Broomholm.
There the spectators waited to watch the spectacular gallop across the fields before everyone made their way into Langholm and the final leg of the ride-out. At Townfoot the riders were welcomed by the pipe band who led them through the town.
At the Castle Craigs dinner in the Crown Hotel the toast to the Cornet was given by ex-Cornet Simon Richardson and the Cornet made suitable reply. Les Murray gave the toast to the semi-jubilee Cornet Iain Park, who replied.
Kenneth Dickson toasted the eight new members and replies were given by Henry Jeffrey and Ken Porter.
The Alfie Bell memorial trophy was presented by the Cornet to Lloyd Johnstone, while the Ian McMillan cup for the best new juvenile member was given to Lewis Bell.
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