standard Bearer for 2012 for the Weavers’ Corporation is Graeme Bell, writes Sally Gillespie.
The 43-year-old delivery driver was appointed by Deacon Keith Miller at the Corporation’s AGM on Friday.
Graeme said: “I’m extremely proud and honoured. It’s going to be a great time for my family and I.”
The Schofield Dyers and Finishers driver is a keen Common Riding supporter. He, his wife Crena, and both their children, Lisa and Thomas, have followed the Royal Burgh Standard Bearer, riding the marches over the years.
He said: “We are very enthusiastic about the Common Riding. My family are really proud and excited, and looking forward to the exciting time coming up.”
Graeme of Back Row attended Knowepark Primary before moving for a short spell to St Boswells. He finished his schooling at Selkirk High and joined textile manufacturers Atelier Design in the town where he became a silk screen printer.
After about four years he moved to Signum Circuits where he was also a silk screen printer, but this time for circuits, for 15 years. He has worked for Schofields for the past eight years.
Outside work he enjoys going to the gym and cycling.
He said of the upcoming Common Riding: “I’m looking forward to casting the Colours on the day, It’s going to be fantastic, the crowds and seeing everybody: I can’t imagine how good it’s going to be, it’s really exciting.”