Gala and Lauder principals in traditional Threepwood meet

Threepwood Rideout. Midges bitin'.
Threepwood Rideout. Midges bitin'.

The traditional meeting of the Braw Lad and Lass and Lauder Cornet saw more than 150 riders make the trip to Threepwood Crossroads on Friday night.

Lauder Cornet Daniel Simpson and his Lass, Chevonne Ainslie, exchanged greetings with Braw Lad Cameron Pate and Braw Lass Abbie Frankland.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout.

The mounted cavalcade, comprising a 50-strong contingent from Galashiels, with around 130 from Lauder, were greeted by a crowd of well-wishers.

Medals were presented to the principals and entertainment was provided by Galashiels Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band and Galashiels Town Band.

The Braw Lads’ Mounted Events Committee had worked hard to introduce a new route for riders this year, leaving from Netherdale, up Winston Road, Melrose Road then onto Lauder Road and cross country.

It meant less roadwork and seems to have proved popular with riders taking part.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout.

Speakers were Stuart Dick, chairman, Lauder Ex-Cornets (compere); David Romanes, president, Braw Lads’ Gathering; and Ian Middlemiss, chairman, Lauder Common Riding. The vote of thanks came from Braw Lads’ Gathering chairman David Houston.

At the conclusion of the gathering, the two parties rode into Lauder for a night of celebrations.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder Cornet Daniel Simpson arrives with his men.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder Cornet Daniel Simpson arrives with his men.

Threepwood Rideout. Galashiels arrive.

Threepwood Rideout. Galashiels arrive.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder Lass on the podium Chevonne Ainslie.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder Lass on the podium Chevonne Ainslie.

Threepwood Rideout. Daniel Simpson and the Braw Lass exchange gifts on the podium.

Threepwood Rideout. Daniel Simpson and the Braw Lass exchange gifts on the podium.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder arrive.

Threepwood Rideout. Lauder arrive.