SELKIRK Common Riding Trust has taken the unprecedented step of sacking two of this year’s Attendants.
And Rikki McLean, 27, and Craig Monks, 20, have been advised that any application from them to become Royal Burgh Standard Bearer will not be considered “in the forseeable future”.
The decision was intimated in a letter to both young men after a special meeting of the trust, which has sole responsibility for the appointment of Common Riding principals, last Tuesday week.
Asked to clarify rumours circulating in the town, the trust’s non-voting clerk Johnnie Thomson confirmed the meeting had been called following an alleged incident of disorder involving the two Attendants at the Braw Lads’ Gathering Ball which was held in Galashiels on Saturday, June 25.
Mr Thomson said he had discussed the incident with his counterpart in Galashiels, Hazel Newlands, who was content for the matter to be handled by the Selkirk trust.
“On the Tuesday after the ball, Rikki and Craig were asked to give an account of what had happened at a meeting with honorary Provost and trust chairman Les Millar and Bailies Alan Linton (Fleshers) and David Anderson (Ex-Standard Bearers) who later reported to the trust they were dissatisfied with the explanation, the attitude of the pair and their lack of contrition.
“The trust unanimously believed their conduct fell below the standard expected of Attendants representing Selkirk at an official function of another Borders town and I was instructed to write the letter which also cites another alleged altercation involving the two men at the Fleshers Bussing in the Victoria Hall on June 11.”
The Wee Paper was unable to contact Messrs McLean or Monks, but Mr Thomson confirmed that he had received correspondence on behalf of both men this week.
“Rikki is seeking to appeal, while Craig’s mother has urged the trustees to reconsider their decision. As things stand, however, the decision has been made and the trust has no plans to meet again until November.”
Ten of the 12 trust members attended the special meeting. The absentees were Councillor Vicky Davidson and Jim Henderson (Colonials).