Picnic pull-out

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ALTHOUGH the sun shone on Saturday the weather led to the cancellation of the eagerly awaited children’s picnic.

Friday’s non-stop rain forced the Common Riding Executive to decide to call it off. Underfoot conditions at the Pringle Park are understood to have been key to the decision.

The Silver Band led Saltire-waving youngsters and Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Gavin Henderson on a tour of the ancient-named streets. And Gavin joined a willing band of helpers in the Victoria Halls to distribute goodie-bags.

But a health and safety ruling reached several years ago prevented racing taking place in the lower hall.