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Bumper crowds for Kelso so far

Ednam rideout. Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson with his left and right hand men, Jed Callant Jack Fraser and the lady bussers after dancing the reel.

Ednam rideout. Kelso Laddie Ross Henderson with his left and right hand men, Jed Callant Jack Fraser and the lady bussers after dancing the reel.

Warm summer weather has boosted crowds attending Kelso Civic Week events so far, say organisers.

The eight-day festivities started with the tennis tournament attracting 20 entries and Sunday’s family day was even busier than usual.

Kelso Laddies’ Association secretary Richie Allan said: “The week is going very, very well. The weather has been kind to us and we’ve had good crowds. There were more people than usual at the family day because of the good weather.”

Sunday’s 10km run attracted a record 200 runners, while 24 took part in the cycle race. The kirkin’ of the Kelso Laddie, Ross Henderson, took place at the Old Parish and Sprouston Church that evening.

Monday brought the ever-popular pet show and the first of the week’s rideouts when more than 70 formed the cavalcade following Ross and his Right and Left-Hand Men, Calum Thomson and Callum Vickers, to Heiton where they were welcomed by Councillor Rory Stewart and the principals also visited Roxburgh.

The best-turned-out horse and rider prize went to Leah Cassie.

On Tuesday between 165 and 170 riders supported Ross in the rideout to Stichill, Hume and Ednam where Billy Paterson welcomed the cavalcade.

The best-turned-out award was presented to Frances Cromarty.

Richie said: “We’re hoping the weather continues in this vein for the rest of the week, that the crowds come out and enjoy themselves and, that there is a good rideout to Yetholm on Saturday.”

 

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