Frank in the driving seat at West Linton festivities

West Linton Whipman's.
West Linton Whipman's.

WEST Linton was buzzing this week as the 2012 Whipman week got into full swing.

Crowds have already been out for the Junior Whipman Rideout on May 27, and this was followed by the judging of floats on Friday.

West Linton Whipman's.

West Linton Whipman's.

The first of the ceremonial events took place on the lower green on Friday, with the installation of Frank Lethbridge as this year’s Whipman and Jane Lethbridge as his Lass.

Edinburgh-born Frank, who works in the motorcycle supply trade, is well known as a popular supporter of all Whipman events and has enjoyed taking part in many other Borders festivals.

Whipman’s Lass Jane, born and brought up in Glasgow, works for the City of Edinburgh Council in human resource management. She and Frank have lived in West Linton since 1996.

Afterwards, there was the grand procession of principals and floats around the village, led by the newly-installed Whipman and Lass, plus West Linton and District Pipe Band.

West Linton Whipman's.

West Linton Whipman's.

The evening was rounded off by the well-attended installation ceilidh in the marquee. On Saturday, a total of 78 horses and riders took part in the Whipman Rideout.

Various trophies were competed for and this was followed by the fancy dress competition and junior fun day.

St Andrew’s Church was the venue for Sunday’s Whipman service and it was followed by the cycle rideout which attracted an amazing 108 intrepid pedallers.

Five-a-side football, dog show, family and friends golf, netball, cycle races and foot races were all held on Monday, with toddlers fun day and rugby on Tuesday.

Yesterday was the turn of the cross country races and there is still a packed programme of events to come during the rest of the week, including the Whipman Procession on Saturday.

Event president Raymond Nicol, is delighted with the way the events have gone so far.

He said: “Everything is going so well. There is an unbelievable buzz about the village - it’s fantastic.

“And with the Queen marking her special 60th anniversary, everyone was delighted that we were able to have the Whipman from that year of 1952, Ivor MacKenzie, with us on installation night and he was presented with a piece of engraved crystal in the shape of a diamond.”