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Organisations hail return of ancient celebrations


Hawick Common Riding Committee SCIO unanimously agreed the election of a Cornet for 2022 and endeavour to run a traditional Common Riding within Government guidelines. Any changes to guidance from the Scottish Government or Scottish Borders Council may require adjustments to be made for some events, more likely those which are normally held indoors. This could mean reduced numbers at indoor events or alternatively use of outdoor venues, as is deemed necessary.

The Committee and Principals are of the opinion it is essential to proceed with our Common Riding 2022 for both the wellbeing and economy of the town, and we look forward to the continued support of our townsfolk and exiles alike.

Selkirk Common Riding Trust also announced the return of their Common Riding on Friday 17th June 2022 by posting an invitation on Facebook for the positions of Royal Burgh Standard Bearer and Attendants in connection with the Riding of the Burgh Marches. Clerk to the Trust, Johnnie Thomson said: “Selkirk Common Riding Trustees are well forward in their planning for a return to the Royal Burgh’s Common Riding, scheduled for Friday 17th June 2022.

Whilst there remains the risk of Covid variants emerging, all our arrangements will be made in compliance with any Government restrictions which may prevail at the time”.

The E&L asked Langholm Common Riding Chairman Roger Maxwell if he would like to comment at this early stage, he said: “the Trustees are due to have a meeting at the end of February and the AGM in March. I don’t see any reason why the Common Riding can’t go ahead with the restriction’s being lifted”, while Christine Calvert, secretary of Langholm Town Band said: “Like all Langholmites the Town Band have missed the Common Riding over these last two years. I think we’d all like to see a return to normal if guidance and restrictions allow, I guess it’s fairly easy for the outdoor events but I’m not sure how indoor events will fare”.

Gary Cuthbert, Chair of the Copshaw Common Riding Committee also confirmed plans to go ahead with their Common Riding on the first Saturday in July. He said: “We plan to go ahead as normal but will adhere to any mandates in place at the time hopefully there won’t be any and as most of our activities are outdoors, we don’t anticipate any problems and it’s full steam ahead for the “first Seterday in Julie”

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