All to play for as Whipman events make a splash

West Linton Whipmans
West Linton Whipmans
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Festivities are continuing in West Linton where Whipman Alan Stewart and his Lass and wife Susan are the toast of the village.

The beaming couple were appointed in April and were installed at a special ceremony on the village’s Lower Green on Friday.

West Linton Whipmans

West Linton Whipmans

And since then it has a been a veritable whirlwind of activities which continue until Sunday.

Following their installation, Alan and Susan joined a merry-go-round of floats that were led through the village to stirring music provided by West Linton and District Pipe Band. A ceilidh saw the celebrations continue late into the evening.

Saturday’s Whipman ride left from Station Road with a break for the horse racing. Fancy dress and a fun event for youngsters followed.

Sunday saw the traditional church service followed by a cycle ride, football and a dog show.

West Linton Whipmans

West Linton Whipmans

Monday meant various sporting events for youngsters and adults with more fun for the youngsters on Tuesday. There was yet more sport yesterday, including a cross country race, as well as bogie and wheelbarrow competitions

There is lighthearted cricket today and a dinner dance organised by the Ex-Whipmen tomorrow.

Saturday has a hectic programme involving the Whipman procession and the laying of a wreath at the war memorial. Later, Alan and Susan will open the grand sports day on Lower Green. There will also be market stalls, sideshows, music and an outside bar.

The Whipman Play festivities conclude on Sunday with a songs of praise.

West Linton Whipmans

West Linton Whipmans

Whipman Alan commented; “I am extremely honoured and proud.”

West Linton dates its Whipman activities back to 1803 when local whipmen – men who worked with horses – formed the Linton Benevolent Society to provide financial aid to its members and their families and later the wider community. The society’s activities included a public holiday and a parade behind their elected leader carrying a flag. By 1877 the society had folded but the traditions of the Whipman Play were taken over by a fresh group, concentrating mostly on events involving.

The first modern Whipman was elected in 1931 and West Linton’s festivities and commemorations have survived the test of time.