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LAUDER, UNITED KINGDOM - 06 Aug 2011: 'Lauder Common Riding'''''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)
LAUDER, UNITED KINGDOM - 06 Aug 2011: 'Lauder Common Riding'''''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)
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LAUDER’S new minister was given a perfect insight into his new charge when he attended the Common Riding on Saturday.

The Reverend James J. Griggs was shepherded around the day’s proceedings by former parish minister John Shields. The new minister watched as Mr Shields conducted the service of remembrance at the war memorial – a duty he will fulfil for the first time next year.

On Thursday, August 25, Mr Griggs will be inducted as minister for Channelkirk and Lauder in Lauder Parish Church at 7pm.

The induction will be carried out by the Reverend Alistair Bennet from Melrose and the sermon preached by the Reverend Julie Woods, of Earlston.

The new minister is pictured savouring the atmosphere of Common Riding morning.

Photograph: rob gray