Hawick gets Common Riding season under way

Acting Father Richard Lynn with the Banner Blue.
Acting Father Richard Lynn with the Banner Blue.
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The Common Riding season in the Scottish Borders is under way for 2015, with Hawick taking centre stage over the last few days.

Hawick Common Riding celebrates the capture of the English flag by a group of local youths at Hornshole in 1514.

It also recreates the “Riding of the Marches”, a tradition dating back to the 12th century when the town’s boundaries were checked on horseback.

Among the highlights are the traditional Thursday morning chase and the Friday Morning Hut at St Leonards.

This year’s Cornet was veterinary student Gregor Hepburn, who joins a long list of men charged with the highest honour that can be bestowed on a young Hawick callant.

Cornet Gregor Hepburn leads the unmarried men up the chase on Hawick Common Riding morning.

Cornet Gregor Hepburn leads the unmarried men up the chase on Hawick Common Riding morning.

Cornet Gregor Hepburn addresses fellow Teries in the Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Cornet Gregor Hepburn addresses fellow Teries in the Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Hawick Common Riding celebrations at The Hut. Picture by Stuart Cobley