Ewan ‘committed to Cornet tradition’

Beltane Principals. Cornet Elect Ewen Young, Cornets Lass Laura Cox.
Beltane Principals. Cornet Elect Ewen Young, Cornets Lass Laura Cox.

this year’s Peebles Cornet has described his appointment as humbling and pleasant, writes Bob Burgess.

Ewan Young was confirmed as the Peebles principal at a ceremony in the Burgh Hall on Friday night. He works in the town for internet tyre company Black Circle and has chosen Laura Cox as Cornet’s Lass.

Peeblesshire egg farmer John Campbell is this year’s Warden of Neidpath and soon-to-retire Reverend Jim Wallace is the Warden of the Cross Kirk for a record sixth time.

The honour of crowning the Beltane Queen goes to local seamstress Margaret Abbot, while the Beltane Fair and the Burgh Bounds will be cried by Ross Hunter, an associate partner with local solicitors Cullen Kilshaw.

Supporters to the Cornet and his Lass are last year’s Lass Jo Cassidy, the 2009 Cornet and Lass Gareth Harrison and Laura Robson and the 2008 principals Colin and Katy Noble.

The Beltane Queen and her Court will named at a ceremony in the Burgh Hall on May 18.

Friday’s appointments were announced by the chairman to the Beltane Festival and March Riding Committee, Alistair Dodds.

Ewan told the audience: “I have enjoyed the Beltane Festival for so long, but I never believed that one day I would be standing here as your Cornet Elect.

“It is very humbling but very pleasant for me and my family.”

He added: “I have learned so much from my supporters over the past few weeks – I could not wish for better supporters.

“I am committed to upholding the duties and traditions of being Cornet and will do my utmost to represent the town with commitment and enthusiasm.”

Ewan spent his early years in Eddleston before moving to Peebles where he attended the high school.

At Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh he obtained a BA in media and cultural studies.

He enjoys golf and playing the guitar and, although he has never ridden the Peebles marches, is looking forward to getting back in the saddle.