The perfect smilin’ morn seems a long time ago now, but Saturday saw the final curtain come down on Selkirk’s 2018 common riding.
It was then that Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association held its annual cup night in the town’s Conservative club, and it certainly was a successful evening, the Wee paper has been informed.
Association chairman Gary Guthrie welcomed guests from Lauder and Coldstream, as well as this year’s Royal Burgh Standard Bearer, Peter Forrest, and his attendants.
The main business of the evening saw Peter receive his gold ex-standard bearer’s tie from Gary.
Peter then signed the roll of honour and joined the Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association, before addressing the company, talking about his experience in the hot seat.
Former Hawick cornet Greg McLeod proposed a toast to the common riding, with honorary provost Jake Wheelans replying.
The standard bearer’s father, Rob Forrest, also said a few words about the last few weeks, thanking everyone who had helped the family over the course of the common riding.
The second half of the evening saw a presentation to Jake from ex-standard bearer Grant Kinghorn, on behalf of the common riding brochure committee, of a cheque for £1,000 for the Selkirk Common Riding Trust.
Ex-standard bearer Guy Blair was presented with the ex-standard Bearers’ cup for winning the ex-standard bearers’ horse race at the Rig this year by Gary.
Guy then gave a humorous account of the race, poking fun at a few of the ex-standard bearers taking part and some who were not.
Ex-standard bearer Kieran Riddell picked up the Jimmy Scott Memorial Trophy on behalf of ex-standard bearer Stuart Coltherd, who finished second in the race.
The final presentation of the evening saw Peter being presented with the Pat Wilson Trophy for being last.
The ex-standard bearers say they are grateful to Selkirk Silver band for turning out and playing superbly over the course of the festivities and wish them well at the British championships at Cheltenham later in the year.
Thanks were also extended to Tommy and Darren Knox, who entertained the company as well, and to club steward Martin Scott and the committee of Selkirk Conservative Club for keeping the company fed and watered.
Ex-standard bearer Kieran Riddell gave a vote of thanks to end what was agreed to have been a superb evening.