IT is just over a week until Souters will fill the town with cheers and celebrations for Selkirk Common Riding.

Selkirk’s Standard Bearers will once again be casting the colours and rejoicing with the town.

Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Thomas Bell, 27, will lead celebrations on June 16.

Before Common Riding Day, however, there are a couple of events for Souters to enjoy.

On Saturday (June 10) Philiphaugh will host the children's picnic. A procession will leave Mungo Park at 1pm and make its way to the rugby club for the races, face painting and entertainments at 2pm.

On Sunday (June 11) from 2-4pm Show Sunday returns at Victoria Hall with music provided by Selkirk Silver Band, Selkirk Pipe Band, and Selkirk Flute Band.

Friday, June 16, will then see the welcome return of Common Riding Day – a morning full of events, starting from 4am and lasting until just after 11am.

Also on Common Riding Day is the Selkirk Common Riding Race Meeting at the Rig.

On Saturday, June 17, Selkirk Common Riding Gymkhana makes a very welcome return after being cancelled last year, making this the first Common Riding Gymkhana since 2019.

Running from 10am at Philiphaugh, classes will include: Dressage, Games, Handy Pony, Showing, Working Hunter, Former Racehorse, and Handy Pony.


4am – Rouse Parade, Flute Band preambles town waking in turn the Provost and Royal Burgh Standard Bearer

5.30am – Act of Remembrance, Ex-servicemen at War Memorial

6am – First Drum, Silver Band play round the town

6.30am – Foot Procession arrives at Victoria Halls, riders assemble in Back Row

6.45am – Installation of Standard Bearer and Bussin’ of Royal Burgh Flag on balcony of Victoria Hall

6.55am – Procession Forms and marches to Market Place

7am – Second Drum, procession moves off 'Doon the Green’

7.30am – Riders ford River Ettrick

7.45am – Riders in Linglie Glen

8.45am – Riders at Summit of Three Brethren

9am – Procession re-forms in Market Place and leaves for Shawburn Toll

9.20am – At the Toll, community singing led by bands until 9.40am (approx.), coming in off the Burley and riders return

10.15am (approx.) – Procession re-forms again and returns to Market Place via Bleachfield Road and High Street

11am (approx) – Casting of the Colours

11.10am (approx.) – Two Minutes Silence

11.15am (approx.) – Return of the Burgh Flag “unsullied and untarnished” and end of ceremonial

For more information about the Common Riding and events, visit the Selkirk Common Riding Facebook page.