Martin sets standard

SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM. - 26/04/13: 'Selkirk Common Riding 2013'Appointment Night'RBSB 2013 Martin Rodgerson'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM. - 26/04/13: 'Selkirk Common Riding 2013'Appointment Night'RBSB 2013 Martin Rodgerson'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

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There will be a third generation of the Rodgerson family leading the proud and historic civic celebrations in Selkirk this summer.

For newsagent Martin Rodgerson, like his father Brian (1980) and grandfather George (1950), is the Royal and Ancient Burgh Standard Bearer for 2013, the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. His uncle, Ian, also had the honour in 1986.

The unanimous choice of the Selkirk Common Riding Trust, chaired by Provost Les Millar, Martin was borne aloft by Ex-Standard Bearers from the town hall and introduced to cheering crowds lining the streets during his tour of the town on Friday evening.

Martin said: “Being Standard Bearer is a privilege. It’s the highest honour someone from Selkirk can have. I’ve waited a long time – it’s been a lifelong ambition.”

The time-served electrician attended Philiphaugh and Selkirk High schools before training at Borders College in Galashiels. He then worked for Keith Gerrard in Selkirk before moving into the family business. And his family – Brian, mum Janice and brother Scott – also are proud. Apart from the Common Riding, the 28-year-old’s passions are horse riding, rugby and cars. He played in the second row for the Selkirk second XV and then for St Boswells for the last five seasons, having started in the Selkirk Minis. He’s a Formula One fan and likes performance cars. He’s also a horseman, having started riding as a three-year-old on his first pony Mini Twinkle and followed Standard Bearer John Beveridge as a four-year-old in 1989. And he’s followed 21 times since, three times as an Attendant, with Standard Bearers Grant Kinghorn in 2002, Gary Guthrie in 2003 and last year, Gavin Henderson.

Martin’s Attendants will be Greg McDougall, Chris Sanders, Menzies Herning, Adam Nichol and Thomas Bell. Martin’s ball partner will be girlfriend Jayne Andrew.

His colours are burgundy, dusky blue and silver, the first two similar to St Boswells’ strip and silver, because he likes it.