Morebattle tryst

Kelso and Jedburgh principals meet in Morebattle

Kelso and Jedburgh principals meet in Morebattle

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They rode from Jedburgh and they rode from Kelso... Jethart Callant Jack Fraser and Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson met in fine weather at the Trysting Tree in Morebattle last Sunday.

The cavalcade from Jedburgh numbered 86, with Jack also supported by his Left and Right-Hand Men, Garry Ramsay and Iain Chisholm, while 64 followers supported Ross, accompanied by his Right and Left-Hand Men, Calum Thomson and Callum Vickers.

The Jedburgh and Kelso principals at Morebattle's Trysting Tree
The Jedburgh and Kelso principals at Morebattle's Trysting Tree

After the formal meeting, the principals’ parties made their way to the platform where Northumbria University lecturer and Robert Davidson Committee secretary David Welsh, who has a house in the village, welcomed them to Morebattle. Master of Ceremonies was Councillor Simon Mountford and Kelso Provost John Bassett gave the vote of thanks.

The principals laid a wreath at the village war memorial before dancing a reel with volunteers from Morebattle Primary School, Emma and Lucy Thomson, Kym Cessford and Emily Letts.

Cakes and tea were enjoyed at the village institute before the principals and their followers made their respective way homewards.

The Dickson Robb Memorial Cup, presented for the best turned out rider and horse, was won by Brooke-Anne Lynn.

Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson (left) and Jethart Callant Jack Fraser stride towards the platform
Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson (left) and Jethart Callant Jack Fraser stride towards the platform
The Kelso Laddie's mother, Wendy Henderson presented Brooke-Anne Lynn with the Dickson Robb Memorial Cup for the best turned out horse and rider
The Kelso Laddie's mother, Wendy Henderson presented Brooke-Anne Lynn with the Dickson Robb Memorial Cup for the best turned out horse and rider
The Jethart Callant and the Kelso Laddie lay a wreath at Morebattle War Memorial
The Jethart Callant and the Kelso Laddie lay a wreath at Morebattle War Memorial
The principals dance the eightsome reel to conclude the formal meeting ceremony
The principals dance the eightsome reel to conclude the formal meeting ceremony
Morebattle's young dancers, pictured with Jedburgh and Kelso principals, were presented with gifts
Morebattle's young dancers, pictured with Jedburgh and Kelso principals, were presented with gifts
The cavalcades ride into Morebattle
The cavalcades ride into Morebattle
Main speaker David Welsh welcomed the cavalcades to Morebattle
Main speaker David Welsh welcomed the cavalcades to Morebattle
 

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