Menu
 
Home | News | Virus may put paid to most treasured event
 
News | 26th March 2020
 

Virus may put paid to most treasured event

 
 
 

Common Riding cannot take place in its customary way

THERE will be no Langholm Cornet this year.

The inevitable but shock decision was made by the Common Riding trustees and members on Tuesday.
The unprecedented international health crisis, which is endangering thousands of people’s lives in the UK, has forced their hand, with the election due on Friday, May 8.
In a statement issued to the E&L Advertiser, Roger Maxwell, chairman, speaking for the trustees and members, said: “Under the current circumstances, Langholm Common Riding 2020 cannot take place in its customary way.
“Should restrictions be lifted sufficiently by the end of July, it may be possible to celebrate the Common Riding in a limited way and every effort will be made to mark the boundaries.
“We will assess the situation and act accordingly but the public meeting on May 8 is cancelled, along with the election of Cornet.
“The outbreak of coronavirus is an event the like of which none of us has ever experienced and, as can be seen by the draconian measures imposed by the UK and Scottish governments, only drastic action is likely to eradicate it.”
The Common Riding has been held since 1759 and only the two world wars and the foot and mouth outbreaks in 1952 and 2001 curtailed the celebrations.
Both governments implemented measures on Monday to bring the country into lockdown which has had a huge impact on communities in
Eskdale and Liddesdale.
The schools in Langholm, Canonbie and Newcastleton closed last Friday and all exams have been cancelled. Grades will be based on pupils’ preliminary exam results and assignments.
Panic-buying of food and other essentials has been a problem, leaving shelves empty, and shops have now set aside times when only the elderly and key workers can shop.
Since Monday, the Co-op in Langholm has let emergency service staff into the store from 30 minutes before it opens to the public.
This is at 6.30am from Monday to Saturday and 7.30am on Sunday. They just need to show staff their ID when entering and they will be allowed in.
A slot is also set aside for vulnerable customers between 8am and 9am from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sunday.
Social distancing measures are now in place and the store is marked with tape to indicate how far apart everyone should be. Shoppers are asked to respect these and show patience because it may take longer to get round the store when busy.
It’s not currently implementing card only payment but, if possible, this method of payment is preferred to increase safety.
A move to limit the number of customers in the store at any one time is being implemented.
Customers have asked about phone deliveries and management is working on a solution.
The Cumberland Building Society has closed its branches in Langholm, Longtown, Lockerbie and Gretna, prompting complaints from customers that this will force them to travel unnecessarily and prevent others from being able to get cash.
A spokesperson said the closures were done to protect colleagues and continue to serve customers as well as it could in the current circumstances.

All staff would be relocated and there would be additional social distancing for the safety of both customers and staff to limit face-to-face interactions and ensure there are enough healthy staff to provide a continued service over the coming weeks and months.
Current account customers could continue to use the internet and mobile banking.
David Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP, raised the community’s concerns in Langholm about the difficulties which some, mainly older people, faced in obtaining cash.
Mr Mundell highlighted with the society the importance of the Langholm branch, particularly since the closure of the town’s post
office.
He said: “The Cumberland’s six-day-a-week counter service is greatly valued by customers who do not use a bank card.
“It is important something is put in place to ensure that those facing difficulties can have secure and easy access to their cash.
“I have highlighted these concerns to Des Moore, chief executive, and, although he was unable to change his decision, he reassured me about the longer-term future of the branch after the current crisis is over.”
Mr Mundell highlighted his constituents’ concerns to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s community issues service.
Langholm’s flagship High Street store has also made the difficult decision to close in line with government advice.
Latimers will, for the time being, still be able to make small deliveries and leave items in safe places, accepting payments over the phone in line with social distancing measures.
They said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful customers for their continued support. It really is appreciated.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Flood Scheme Forum

RESIDENTS living in riverside properties in Langholm have voiced their…

 

Langholm Loves Local launched

LANGHOLM is bouncing back with a new initiative to make…

 

New coronavirus rules will not help industry

Hotel owner criticises Scottish government for unclear message

 

Pandemic infects iconic retail brand

More unemployment as Day puts EWM Group in administration

 

Villagers welcome a 20mph limit trial

Newcastleton’s streets will be safer for pedestrians and drivers

 

EWM TO CLOSE 200 STORES IN NEXT FORTNIGHT

24,000 Jobs are at risk

 

Village sewage works due to open next spring

Canonbie and the River Esk will benefit from better treatment

 

Housing developer is ready to move onto site

Plan put in for initial works, including improved A7 junction

 

Rescued mill has new name and big plans

Drove Weavers in Langholm earns praise and admiration from MSP

 

Digital skills project is launched in Langholm

Older people, young people and low-income families targeted

 

Flood protection order delayed by fresh study

Environmental impact assessment will take six months to do

 

Team appointed to regenerate Copshaw

Development officer to lead transformation of Buccleuch House

 

Four more defibrillators go live

FOUR more defibrillators have been installed as part of a…

 

Centre design rethink after public response

And council calls for extra study after identifying flood risk

 

Village completes historic land buy-out

Newcastleton trust buys 750 acres of Holm Hill from Buccleuch

 

Scottish actor appeals for donations to moor

Gregor has good memories of raising his family in Langholm

 

Dyehouse cuts ten jobs as orders dry up

COVID-19 pandemic hits successful company’s customers

 

Plan launched to make south a greater place

Enterprise body to make area centre for opportunity, innovation and…

 

Volunteers needed to drive community car

New Caddy will be used to transport residents to appointments

 

Another million given to moorland buyout

South of Scotland Enterprise give huge boost to venture

 

Centre bids for funding to survive the long term

Langholm’s popular performing arts venue is vital to economy

 

Academy’s head pupils

LANGHOLM and Canonbie Schools Cluster is delighted to announce the…

 

Church reopens for worship

By the Rev Dr. Robert Pickles

 

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

Artists impression of how proposed flood defences may look

 

£500k boost for moor

Family foundation breathes new life into bid for nature reserve

 

Langholm’s last mill has a brighter future

Well-known designer will create jobs and establish new brand

 

Nicol’s enterprising role to regenerate town

Former Langholm man will deliver Langholm’s action plan

 

Dance scholar rewarded

A PERFORMING arts student from Langholm has won a coveted…

 

Centre announces an August reopening

Coffees and lunches are back on the menu – at…

 

Canonbie surgery

A CONFIDENTIAL online consultation service giving patients another way to…

 

Town is a high priority

Langholm does not rank the lowest in an index based…

 

MARVELLOUS!

IT WAS dark when three horsemen were greeted by a…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

MOODLAW Point and Henry Street South neighbours gathered on Jennety’s…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

THE neighbours in Academy Place and Douglas Terrace could not…

 

Partnership secures £2.1m for the south

Scottish government awards funding to 28 innovative projects

 

Jobless warning

JUNE’S unemployment figures are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’…

 

Weaving company’s future in the balance

Management buy-out team seeks to progress talks with owner

 

Defibs are going live

Life-saving equipment will come with full instructions on use

 

Helping to ease the burden

By the Rev Scott McCarthy, minister of Garthamlock and Craigend…

 

Mill’s billionaire owner crippling suppliers, claim

But EWM says it has reached agreements with nearly all…

 
Surgery Tour 2020
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.