IT’S the day when Langholm celebrates all that is so cherished in this town: family, friends, tradition, a warm welcome and an unparalleled sense of community.
When Cornet Henry Jeffrey receives the flag tomorrow at the start of Common Riding day, it will also be a moment for him to cherish.
Henry, who was elected at the second time of asking, is steeped in the Common Riding through his family’s long association with Langholm Town Band and, more recently, his own growing desire to one day carry the burgh standard.
A few years ago he took on the task of organising the concert in the Buccleuch Centre, at which the Cornet is invested with his sash.
This year, of course, he has handed over the reins to others but has been a guiding hand.
The Napier University music graduate joined the Castle Craigs Club in 2011 and, after doing the ride-outs for several years, felt he was ready to put himself forward as a candidate.
He will be joined at the head of the mounted cavalcade by his right and left-hand men Iain Little and Stuart Murray, while his family, including parents Frances and Gavin and sister Claire will watch from the stage.
With Iain and Stuart at his side, he will ride the age-old boundaries in the town and on the Common Moss and it will be a day he will never forget.
He has carried out his duties so far in an exemplary manner and has led five ride-outs successfu