'It will take more than a few rain drops to dampen our spirits here in Lauder'
Published 2 Aug 2012 09:30 0 Comments
"TO Lauder folk and visitors alike, may the sun shine sae rosy and you have a happy and memorable Common Riding."
Ex-Cornet Ian Fallas, chairman of the Common Riding Committee, sent out the message ahead of the town's annual festivities this week.
He revealed the dismal weather this summer would fail to take the shine off the celebrations which will this year be led by Cornet Gregor Ker, a 21-year-old apprentice electrician.
In his annual message in the official Common Riding brochure, Mr Fallas said: "Every year we look forward to our Common Riding and despite a dismal start to summer, it will take more than a few rain drops to dampen our spirits here in Lauder.
"We welcome Gregor Ker as our Cornet and Standard Bearer for our Royal and Ancient Burgh. Since his election he hasn't stopped smiling. He follows in the footsteps of his father Ross and grandfather Jim and I'm sure need never look far for help or advice.
"Gregor with his Lass Sally Middlemiss has enjoyed a hectic summer representing our Burgh at other festivals, making friends and upholding the good name of our ancient Burgh.
"Gregor your wait is nearly over, now it is your turn. Enjoy every moment and treasure the memories."
The week began with a new-look Superstars event, which was split over two days on Saturday and Sunday. The winners presentations were due to take place at the Exiles Reunion in the Public Hall last night (Tuesday).
The Kirking 'o' the Cornet Service took place at Lauder Parish Church on Sunday and was followed by the children's sports and family fun day at the Public Park in the afternoon.
A total of 34 riders also took part in the Apprentice Ride on Monday morning.
The timetable for the rest of the week is as follows - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1: Fancy dress parade. Everyone on foot assemble in The Avenue and vehicles should assemble in Market Place for judging which commences at 6.15pm for children and 6.45pm for adults. The parade, led by Stow Pipe Band, will follow at 8pm.
And, afterwards, the Common Riding Committee Fancy Dress Disco Dance will be held in the Lauderdale Hotel from 10pm to 1am. Admission is priced £5 and is for over 18s only.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2: Children's Show, organised by the Lauder Play Club, in the Public Hall, from 2pm.
The Preliminary Ride Out, led by the Cornet, will follow at 6.15pm. Horses should assemble in The Avenue.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3: The Duck Race at the Castle car park at 2pm.
Nicht afore the Morn Concert in the Public Hall at 7.30pm. The Cornet will be presented with the Cornet's Cup. Admission is priced £2 for adults and OAPs and £1 for children.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4: Common Riding Day - The day begins with the Cornets March,led by Selkirk Silver Band, from the Lauderdale Hotel to Town Hall at 7am.
Riders assemble behind the Town Hall at 7.30am ahead of the presentation of the Burgh Standard to the Cornet at 8am. The Cornet then leads the cavalcade round the Burgh.
Riders arrive at the Waterin' Stane for Toasts to The Queen, Cornet and Chairman at 9.50am. Children aged under eight collect their medals here.
Riders arrive back in Lauder for a service at the War Memorial at 11.30am. Hannah Dick will present the wreath to the Cornet.
The Concluding Ceremony will take place at the Town Hall at 12 noon.
Live music will follow at The Gig on The Castle Riggs from 1pm to 5.30pm. Admission is priced £5. Under 16s go free.
The week will finish with the Common Riding Ball at the Lauderdale Hotel Marquee at 8pm. Admission is by ticket only.
For a full roundup and pictures of the events pick up a copy of next week's Border Telegraph.
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 02 Aug 12
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