Bari pair set sights on Stob Stanes

2013 Yetholm Bari Gadgi and bari Manushi, Anders Cameron and Stephanie Cockburn.
2013 Yetholm Bari Gadgi and bari Manushi, Anders Cameron and Stephanie Cockburn.
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Yetholm’s lead man and woman were installed on Friday, when a newly commissioned flag was also flown for the first time.

The 2013 Bari Gadji is Anders Cameron, and Bari Manushi, Stephanie Cockburn.

Unfortunately the weather forced the traditional ceremony indoors, but a packed Wauchope Hall welcomed the pair into their roles.

After being sashed they performed their first duties, presenting medals to silver jubilee Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi, Kevin Lee and Sandra Elliot, and golden jubilee pricipals Vic Coulter and Christine Allen.

Anders, an apprentice electrical engineer with Scotmas in Kelso, said he is looking forward to the year ahead.

“I’ve never done any of the rideouts before so it is going to be good going to Kelso, Edinburgh, Hawick and so on, but I’m looking forward to the Stob Stanes ride the most.”

The 20-year-old who is also studying at Border College as part of his apprenticeship, lives in Kelso after moving to Yetholm aged three.

Having ridden when he was younger he has recently taken it up again, fitting it in around work and playing rugby for Kelso.

Parents Ewan, who still lives in Yetholm, and Kirsten, who lives in Kelso, were both proud to watch their son sashed on Friday along with Stephanie, who Anders knows from Kelso High School, although she is a couple of years older.

Stephanie is currently living and studying in London.

David Hutchinson, community council chairman, led the proceedings.

He said that despite the relocation of the ceremony it was a enjoyed by all, including representatives from Kelso, Duns, Coldstream and Berwick.

“The hall was packed. It was a really good night,” said David.

The new village flag, depicting a gypsy cob on a background of the Yetholm colours was designed by local artist Janet Canning, and has been sponsored by Sandi Keddie, mother of Zoe, last year’s Bari Manushi.

“I always thought we should have a Yetholm flag,” said David.

“The Border towns have their Standard Bearers and flags which identify the place, and which people can also identify with. I think that’s a good thing,” he added.

On Friday morning the new flag was hoisted by Tom Tokely and was much admired.

A flag will now be purchased for Kirk Yetholm too, in time for the festival week - June 6-15.