Reins of Common Riding concert handed to Henry

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THERE was a fresh look to this year's Langholm Common Riding concert and investiture in the Buccleuch Centre.

After many decades of the concert being organised by the Pool family, the reins were handed over to music student Henry Jeffrey.

Henry, who is also organist at the parish church, brought in some new faces and modernised the programme and it was very much enjoyed by everyone.

The chairman for the evening was Roger Maxwell and the compere was Stevie Ellwood. Henry not only produced the concert but was also its accompanist.

The show began with a selection of Common Riding tunes by Langholm Town Band and this was followed by Glen Cavers singing On the Banks of Allan Water and Annie Laurie.

Eric Laidlaw was on stage next, performing The Rowan Tree and The Soft Lowland Tongue.

Members of the Centre Stage Community Theatre gave a lovely performance of The Bonnie Wood o' Craigielea, The Flo'ers o' the Forest and Langholm's Great Day.

Before the interval Cornet Stuart Murray arrived with his right and left-hand men Simon Tweddle. The Cornet was invested with his sash by Michaela Maxwell.

There followed presentations to jubilee Cornet Colin Barnfather and semi-jubilee Cornet Stephen Rae who both gave their thanks for everyone's generosity.

Colin was accompanied by his wife, Sheila, and Stephen by his mother, Avril.

During the interval Cornet Stuart Murray's family and friends and those of Jamie, Simon, Stephen and Colin took the chance to have their photos taken and they will surely be treasured down the years.

Once back in the auditorium, the audience listened to two pieces by Langholm Pipe Band to start the second half.

Amy Hill, daughter of Kenneth Hill, Common Riding secretary, sang My Love is like a Red, Red Rose and the Rose of Allandale. Amy, who has just released her first CD was very well received.

Steven Milligan kept the audience in good spirits with Scotland Yet and a Wee Bit Toon before the company sang Bonnie Langholm.

The chairman gave his vote of thanks and the evening was rounded off with singing Auld Lang Syne and God Save the Queen.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:15AM
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