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Hawick’s Henry named chief guest at Common Riding

Hand Ba veterans Henry Douglas, Len Wise and Billy Gillies watch one of the afternoon's matches develop.

Hand Ba veterans Henry Douglas, Len Wise and Billy Gillies watch one of the afternoon's matches develop.

THIS year’s chief guest at Hawick Common Riding has been revealed as the hugely respected local man, Henry Douglas, writes Sarah Williamson.

And the well-known former official singer of the Common -Riding Song, also an Ex-Acting Father, says it is a massive honour to have been chosen for the role and to be part of this year’s special quincentenary celebrations.

With preparations already well under way to ensure the town marks the 500th anniversary since the Battle of Hornshole in 1514 in a right and fitting manner – with unprecedented numbers of exiles expected to return to the town – Mr Douglas will take centre stage when he gives the main address at the popular and unique Colour-bussing ceremony (Thursday, June 5), and will also speak in the emotionally-charged ‘Friday Morning Hut’ the following day.

Mr Douglas, who has also held the presidency of all three of the town’s Common Riding clubs – the Callants Club, Mosstroopers and and 1514 Club – told the Hawick News: “I am very excited about the whole event, and I am highly honoured to have been invited to be this year’s chief guest.”

Mr Douglas, who has farmed all his life, added: “I didn’t expect to be asked. It was a huge surprise, but I was more than happy to accept. I am looking forward to it tremendously.”

 

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