Kids enjoy Common Riding picnic

Children enjoying their races.
Children enjoying their races.

There were smiles all round as the wet weather failed to dampen spirits at this year’s Selkirk Common Riding Children’s Picnic on Saturday.

Crowds gathered at High Street’s Mungo Park monument where a procession, led by Selkirk Silver Band, left at 1.30pm.

Children enjoying their races.

Children enjoying their races.

Following close by was the town’s Royal Burgh Standard Bearer, Kieran Riddell, and his attendants Thomas Willmott, Robbie Reilly, Sam Coltherd and Peter Forrest.

The gathering proceeded onto Selkirk Rugby Club where more than 100 schoolchildren from all three of the town’s primary schools took part in a series of races.

Split into boys and girls groups, each year group was given the chance to win either a first, second or third place ribbon.

Picnic bags were handed out which were sponsored by local businesses including Galashiels-based Booker Wholesale which also made a donation of juice, crisps and biscuits.

Silver Band on the way to the Picnic.

Silver Band on the way to the Picnic.

Selkirk Common Riding Children’s Picnic convener, Martin Rogerson, said: “I think it was a successful day and the children and parents seemed to enjoy themselves.

“It was a little wet at the beginning but as the afternoon went on the weather improved.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and helped make this year’s picnic a success.”

Race winners.

Race winners.

Race winners.

Race winners.

Selkirk Silver Band leave Mungo Park on the way to the picnic.

Selkirk Silver Band leave Mungo Park on the way to the picnic.

Sam Coltherd speeds away to win the Principals race.

Sam Coltherd speeds away to win the Principals race.

Royal Burgh Standard Bearer and Attendants at the Picnic.

Royal Burgh Standard Bearer and Attendants at the Picnic.

Children enjoying their races.

Children enjoying their races.

Kids try to soak the Royabl Burgh Standard Bearer and attendants.

Kids try to soak the Royabl Burgh Standard Bearer and attendants.

John Nichol on the Big Drum.

John Nichol on the Big Drum.