Jedburgh hailed Garry Ramsay as the 2013 Jethart Callant outside its courtroom on Friday, before he made history by opening the Jubilee Fountain.
“Buzzing is the only word,” the 23-year-old plumber said, describing his feelings. “I’m so proud. I’ve wanted to do it all my life. I can’t wait.”
His mother Dianne, who works in Jedburgh’s Co-op, an d father Brian, a janitor at Garry’s alma mater Jedburgh Grammar School, are “over the moon” too, but he’s most pleased to have brought a smile to his 20-year-old brother Craig’s face.
Since his election by Ex-Callants in January, Garry kept his appointment secret. “It first sunk in when I had to sneak into David Thomson’s [outfitters] through the back door at 10pm to get measured up,” he said. In the last two years of rideouts, Garry’s followed his close friends Ryan Miller (Callant 2011) and Iain Chisholm (Callant 2012), now his left and right-hand men respectively.
But he’s also close to this year’s Jethart Herald Allan Learmonth: “I washed dishes in Allan’s butchers after school. Now he’s my Herald!”
Jed Grammar schoolboy Allan and his wife Christine, both 45 and working in their award-winning High Street butchers shop, live at Easter Ulston: the family home for his daughter Rebecca (a child carer at Jedburgh’s Out of School Club) and step-children Stacey (a dental nurse in Jed), Megan (a rising horserider) and Ryan (a pupil at Jed Grammar). “I’m humbled and privileged to be chosen to lead the cavalcade,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. My mum Ina’s very proud too.”