LAUDER turned out in force on Saturday to witness the biggest day in the town’s calendar - Common Riding Day.

A mounted cavalcade of around 270 horses was led by this year’s Cornet Hagen Steele, alongside his Lass Ashleigh Scott.

Hagen described being Cornet as a “dream come true” adding “I’m very proud to represent my town and I have worn my rosette with great pride.

“I’ve had a brilliant time visiting other towns and making new friends that I’m sure will last a lifetime.”

The big day began at 7am with Cornet’s march from the Lauderdale Hotel to the Town Hall, led by the Selkirk Silver Band.

And an hour later Cornet and Standard Bearer Steele was presented with the Burgh Standard.

The cavalcade then made the traditional trip to the Waterin’ Stane and the war memorial before returning to the Town Hall for the Conclusion of the Ceremonies.

The day was rounded off with the Common Riding Ball in the Public Park.
Linda Wilson, secretary of the Lauder Common Riding told the Border Telegraph: “Everything went really well, I think the whole week was super.

“Hagen and Ashleigh both did a fantastic job throughout the week.

“We had a great turnout once again with 270 horses [on Common Riding Day] and there was a lot of people in the street. The weather wasn’t too bad. It was a shame about Wednesday at the Fancy Dress as some of the kids got a soaking, but overall the parade was great and there were some excellent entries.

“A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes so the events can take place and it is down to every single one of them.”