Farmer Alasdair reaps Muckle Toon votes

Langholm Cornet Alasdair Cavers with right and left-hand men Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman
Langholm Cornet Alasdair Cavers with right and left-hand men Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman

There was only one talking point in the Muckle Toon last week and that was who would be given the honour of being Langholm Cornet, 2013.

Three candidates had forwarded their names and the crowds were out in force on Friday evening for the public meeting, and to cast their votes at the Buccleuch Centre.

Common Riding chairman Roger Maxwell confirmed that the man elected was Alasdair Cavers who was 110 votes clear of his nearest rival.

Alasdair, 24, farms with 
his family at Sorbie and also at the Murtholm and is a 
regular in the Milntown rugby side.

It was a rather cool but dry evening but there was still a good turnout and a total of 877 votes were cast for the three candidates.

The result was Alasdair Cavers 427, Simon Tweddle 317 and Stephen Devlin 133.

After voting, people gathered outside to welcome the arrival of the local pipe and town bands after their perambulation around the streets.

When the result was announced, the Right and Left Handmen, Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman, made their way the short distance down Thomas Telford Road to break the good news to Alasdair and his family who were waiting anxiously in 
his sister’s hairdressing salon.

The new cornet headed off with his immediate supporters to visit the various hotels and clubs, starting off at the Masonic, where they received a warm welcome 
and were entertained with a number of Common Riding tunes by the town band.

Later in the evening Cornet Cavers and his Right and Left Handmen attended the dance in the Buccleuch Centre, which was well 
supported and music was provided by Bon Accord. The traditional polka was danced with the cornet and his partner Narelle O’ Connor taking the lead.

l Report of meeting: page 27.