Lindean Rideout kicks off Braw Lads’ Week

GALASHIELS, UNITED KINGDOM. - JUNE 24: 'Braw Lads Gathering 2013'Lindean rideout and Wreath Laying at The Preachers Cross at Old Lindean Kirk''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance)
GALASHIELS, UNITED KINGDOM. - JUNE 24: 'Braw Lads Gathering 2013'Lindean rideout and Wreath Laying at The Preachers Cross at Old Lindean Kirk''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)

A total of 138 horses made the trip to Lindean last night as Braw Lads’ Week got fully underway.

The cavalcade crossed the River Tweed despite Sunday’s downpour and service was held at Lindean Kirk by the Reverend Duncan McCosh in dry conditions.

After a wreath was placed on the Preachers Cross by Braw Lads Daniel Whitehead, the horses returned to Galashiels, via Hollybush for the annual Chase Races.

Predictably, Grand National winner Ryan Mania won the Prinicipals’ Race, with Braw Lads Executive Council chairman David Houston joking that the odds were 1-7.

Other results: Ex-Principals - Chris Mackenzie; Pony - Aidan McDonald; Ladies - Becky Johnston; Over 45s - Nick Mills; Gents - Mikey Turnbull.

Today sees the Swimming Gala and Ex-Braw Lads’ and Lassies’ Association Dinner, while Wednesday is the rideout to Torwoodlee and fancy dress parade.

The civic reception is held on Thursday, while the investiture concert takes place on Friday ahead of Braw Lads Day.