NOSTALGIA: Cheering Souters welcome their 1970 standard bearer

Crowds of cheering, carefree Souters thronged the streets of Selkirk on a Friday to welcome, in no uncertain terms, their Standard Bearer and his supporters for 1970 at the first official preliminary to the common riding - the picking night.

By Kathryn Wylie
Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 5:19 pm
1970 Selkirk Standard Bearer appointment night.
1970 Selkirk Standard Bearer appointment night.

Scores upon scores of the Royal Burgh’s townspeople waited in joyous anticipation outside the town hall for the announcement of the appointments that were taking place inside. Meanwhile, inside the historic chambers, town provost L G Thomson proposed the name of the 1970 Standard Bearer - 23-year-old joiner Falconer Grieve. His recommendation was unanimously endorsed and Falconer was carried shoulder high around the town.

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This year’s would-be appointment night was a different affair altogether, read more here: https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/people/musicians-mark-would-be-appointment-nights-galashiels-and-selkirk-2552514