IT WAS dark when three horsemen were greeted by a small group of supporters at Tibbielugs last Friday.
At 5am Langholm’s burgh standard was handed to semi-jubilee Cornet Stevie Ellwood and Roger Maxwell, chairman, urged him to: “Carry this flag aloft with dignity and return it to me when your duties are complete. Gan oot and suy gif a oor mairches they be clear.”
Rae Elliot cried the first fair before Stevie and his right and left-hand men Henry Jeffrey and Iain Little set off for the Castle Craigs where Christopher Tait cried the fair.
They made their way to the monument where they were met by a cheering group of early risers. Straight down the hill to Whita Well and onto Tibbielugs where Rae cried the second fair.
Spade bearer Gordon Reid led the riders to the Kilngreen and then to the Castleholm where he cut the final sod and the day’s proceedings ended.