Harry Wright hails the Ba at Jedburgh Castle to honour his Father Eric Wright on celebrating his 2th Callant Anniversary.

A Borders tradition stands the test of time - despite Covid-19

Some traditions need to be maintained – even during a pandemic.

So it was that communities across the Borders have marked Hand Ba’ in a truncated and socially distanced way.

The annual games would normally witness Hobkirk, Jedburgh, Ancrum and Denholm cleared as uppies and doonies smuggle, throw and carry leather ba’s through the streets.

That culminates in the largest games on the streets of Jedburgh. Evidently, given the current lockdown, none of that was possible this year. But traditionalists still took part in symbolic Ba’ events. Go to facebook.com/TheSouthernReporter/ for more images.

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