ONE of the highlights of Cornet Henry Jeffrey’s busy schedule last week was attending the Langholm Playcare Common Riding.
He was supported by his right and left-hand men Iain Little and Stuart Murray and jubilee Cornet Billy Laidlaw.
Now in its 23rd year, it has always been held two days before Common Riding and has proved popular with parents and children who regularly attend Langholm Playcare.
The honour of being 2019 Cornet was bestowed upon Finlay Yarrow who was ably supported by right and left Ollie Bell and Baylin Nicol.
The principals were escorted to the outdoor play area by members of the pipe band. Compere John Innes opened proceedings by welcoming everyone before the flute band led everyone to the hound trail and this was followed by a procession behind the town band.
Cornet Jeffrey presented the flag to Cornet Yarrow and invested him with his sash before handing out the emblems: the thistle to Evie Richardson, the spade to Alfie Denton, the crown to Max Phillips and the barley banna to Jessica Cuthbert.
After the procession of the flag and emblems, Cornet Yarrow led his followers to the monument and Alfie cut the sod. Ryan Johnstone cried the fair, after which the company enjoyed barley banna, fizzy fish and juice.
The pipe band led the heather besom parade.Cornet Jeffrey’s parents, Gavin and Frances, had previously judged the picture competition and Cornet Jeffrey handed out the certificates to the winners.
At the end of the proceedings Cornet Yarrow handed in the flag and the whole company sang Auld Lang Syne.