Callant is urged to hold head high

Redeswire Ride. Alan Brydon is introduced to the Herald, Allan Learmonth at Redeswire.
Redeswire Ride. Alan Brydon is introduced to the Herald, Allan Learmonth at Redeswire.

Being overlooked by the outside world over past centuries may have helped in the safeguarding of

Border traditions, according to this year’s Redeswire speaker.

Redeswire Ride. Callant Ramsay shouts the battle cry ' Jethart's Here' on his arrival at Redeswire.

Redeswire Ride. Callant Ramsay shouts the battle cry ' Jethart's Here' on his arrival at Redeswire.

That was the feeling of Alan Brydon, the Hawick musician, composer, and author who gave Saturday’s oration, as part of Jethart Callant’s Festival.

Callant Garry Ramsay led a 90-strong mounted cavalcade to the Redeswire stane, near Carter Bar, to mark the bloody clash between Scots and English in July, 1575.

From the stane, Mr Brydon said the Borders had perhaps been 
fortunate to have largely been 
ignored by the outside world for so long.

“Escaping from the over-exposure and development that has wiped the past from other places,” he said. “For our ancient relics and monuments still stand, as testament to the importance of our Borderland in the emergence of nations.”

Redeswire Ride. The cavalcade makes it way up to the Redeswire Stane.

Redeswire Ride. The cavalcade makes it way up to the Redeswire Stane.

And he told the Callant: “When you lead your cavalcade back to Jedburgh today, do so with your head held high and your heart thumping with pride.

“For you represent the generations of today, who owe so much, to thame that went afore.”

Redeswire Ride. Callant Garry Ramsay greets the Redeswire crowd.

Redeswire Ride. Callant Garry Ramsay greets the Redeswire crowd.

Redeswire Ride. Alan Brydon addresses the crowd at the Redeswire Stane.

Redeswire Ride. Alan Brydon addresses the crowd at the Redeswire Stane.