CROWDS lined the streets of Lauder on Friday evening to catch a first glimpse of this year’s Cornet.

Chris Rogerson was carried to the Town Hall to the sound of applause and cheers as he was introduced by Common Riding Chairman, Ex Cornet Ian Middlemiss.

And the 21-year-old, who is a livestock auctioneer at United Auctions in Stirling, is delighted to represent the town this year.

The former Lauder Primary and Earlston High pupil told us: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be elected Cornet and Standard Bearer.

“It has been an ambition of mine for many years now.

“We’ve had a fantastic turnout [on Friday] the place was really busy which was great to see.

“I can’t wait to fly the flag for the town during the week in August.

“I have been involved in different Festivals around the Borders over the past few years, riding with friends.

“But this is a first for my family. They haven’t really been involved too much before, but I am sure they will get the bug for it.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Chris will be supported this year by Right Hand Man Hagen Steele and Left Hand Man Greg Scott.

He will also carry out his duties alongside his Lass Caitlin Megahy, who he has known since his school days.

She is a psychology student at Dundee University.

Caitlin, also 21, told us: “I was delighted when Chris asked me to be his Lass and I am looking forward to supporting him as he represents Lauder throughout the summer.

“My family have been involved in the Common Riding for a number of years so it is a huge honour to be a part of it myself and have the opportunity to attend other Common Ridings and Festivals.”

After the big announcement was made, spectators joined this year’s Principals for the Cornet’s walk – led by Stow Pipe Band.

Chris and Caitlin’s first ride will take place on Friday, May 25 when they meet the Galashiels Braw Lad and Braw Lass and their attendants in the Threepwood Rideout.

This year’s Common Riding week begins on Sunday, July 29.

Common Riding Day is Saturday, August 4.