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Common Riding | 18th April 2024
 

Former Fair Crier and a man of mony pairts

 
 
John G Elliot Fair Crier
 

Rae Elliot pays tribute to his far-travelled, rugby-playing father

John Govenlock Elliot lived in Langholm until conscripted for National service in 1958, serving with Royal Scots Fusiliers against Greek
Terrorist Movement EOKA in Cyprus, then Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in Kenya.
In 1973, John became the third generation of the Elliot family to cry the Langholm Fair at the Common Riding, following his grandfather Kirst Elliot and
father John Elliot. He would cry the fair in Langholm’s
ancient marketplace for the next 30 years before passing on the mantle to his son Rae, the fourth generation in 2003. Fortunately, he celebrated 100 years of Elliot fair crying in 2009.
John became the first Scotsman to win the Cumberland Cup for wrestling in 1964 in Carlisle, successfully reaching two World Championship finals at Grasmere and Langholm Common Riding.

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