EX-STANDARD Bearers in Selkirk are hoping to boost their charity drive even further next week when they stage the fourth Good Causes September Rideout.

The event, which is open to riders from across the region and beyond, has raised almost £10,000 over the past three years.

This year's scenic 18-miles route takes in Oakwoodmill, Middlestead and Huntley Rig as well as Ashkirk, Dryden and Whitmuir.

A spokesman for the Selkirk Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers Association said: "This year's ride will be shorter than the last few years at just under 18 miles.

"But this will not stop us showcasing the best that Selkirk can give in terms of riding through new territory.

"Anyone wishing to enter the ride an do so by returning the form you can find on the event Facebook page or they can be picked up from Tweedside Financial Services in Selkirk High Street."

Charities to have benefitted from the good causes ride in the past include Scottish HART, Chest Heart and Stroke, MS Scotland, the Pringle Park appeal, Stable Life, the Hammermen's Hall, Rowlands youth centre, Macmillan Cancer Care, Parkinson's, Selkirk illuminations and the dialysis unit at Borders General Hospital.

The ride on Sunday, September 3 will leave Station Road at 9am.

The riders are due back in the Market Place at around 3pm.

Refreshments and entertainment will take place afterwards in Selkirk Conservative Club with live music from Gary Cleghorn.