In the saddle for Berwick

SCOTS and English are preparing to ride out and check the once-controversial boundaries of Berwick.

For centuries, the two nations clashed over whether the prosperous sea port should belong to Scotland or England.

It is now firmly in the grasp of the English and the 15-mile Riding of Berwick Bounds is a friendly and social occasion.

It attracts up to 100 riders and takes place on May 1. Principals from some of the towns on the Scottish side of the border will take part.

The ridings began in 1438 when representatives from both nations agreed where one county would end and another begin.

The ride costs £15 on the day or £10 in advance. Riders leave Berwick Barracks at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm. Contact Sue Campbell on 01665 511331 or email sue.campbell@northumberland.gov.uk