A COMMON Riding members’ meeting was held in the Crown Hotel recently and preparations for the day are progressing well.
An application had been received for the post of Castle Craigs fair crier from Christopher Tait and was accepted.
Roger Maxwell, chairman, congratulated Cornet Henry Jeffrey on his election and assured him of the full support of all the members.
It was agreed that, in the list of entrants for the hound trail, the hometown of the owners should be included to emphasise how far and wide the dogs came from.
Complimentary games tickets will be printed in a different colour and include the name of the recipient. Any additional complimentary tickets to the extensive list made by the sub-committee will have to be authorised by Roger or Tommy Morrison, vice-chairman.
Tommy will look into providing a first-aid bag for use on Whita Hill on Common Riding morning.
North Lakes Marquee hire had closed its business and the marquee for the beer tent this year will be provided by Buccleuch Hunt.
Unlike the previous supplier, it will not provide tables and duckboards. These will have to be found from a different source.
There is enough material used for the Cornet’s breeches and jacket for four more years.
Roger has spoken to Alan Miller of Yarns to Yearn For and he is keen to provide the yarn for future supplies and to have it woven locally.
Borderloos will again provide the toilets on the Castleholm. Lee Earsman will arrange the placement of all units, with delivery expected on the Wednesday evening of Common Riding week.
The public meeting was well attended and no items were brought to the attention of the members. The dance later was a great success and the band had been particularly well received.
The principal’s allowances will remain the same at £950 for the Cornet and £475 each for the right and left-hand men.
The position of concert organiser was discussed. Henry will be otherwise engaged for the next three years so his duties will be covered by Glen Cavers and Jamie Fletcher.
A number of items will be bought, including Herras fencing, flat-bottomed barriers and new cloth for the stage.
Efforts are still being made to find a supplier for bunting. A more permanent base will be laid for the Highland dancing platform, comprising type one hardcore.
The next meeting is next Monday.