Tradition changes for one year only

Unlike 2017 Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Kieran Riddell ' and every one before him ' this year's main man will emerge with a flourish from the Victoria Halls instead of the town hall doors.
Unlike 2017 Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Kieran Riddell ' and every one before him ' this year's main man will emerge with a flourish from the Victoria Halls instead of the town hall doors.

There will be a break from tradition on Friday, April 27, as Selkirk’s Royal Burgh Standard Bearer will be revealed not from the town hall, but from the Victoria Halls.

The town’s main man is traditionally carried on a chair from the former courtroom to the cheers of Souters, but regeneration work in the Market Place and scaffolding around the town hall for restoration on the spire means it is not an option.

Clerk to the Selkirk Common Riding Trust, Johnnie Thomson, told the Wee Paper: “Trustees have made the decision, for this year, and for this year only, to hold the annual appointment night meeting within the lesser Victoria Hall.

“The Royal Burgh Standard Bearer and his attendants for 2018 will emerge from the front door of the Victoria Halls at 7pm.”

He added: “The trustees decided that, given the on-going construction works around Market Place and general public safety issues, the change of venue was the most appropriate avenue to take.”

The newly-appointed standard bearer will be carried up towards the Mungo Park statue, up Back Row and down Kirk Wynd, and along the Market Place and High Street, to finish up back at the Victoria Halls at around 7.30pm.

There, the public introduction of this year’s principals will be held as normal, before the annual appointment night concert and dance.

Johnnie added: “All expectations are that the procedures in future years will revert to the customary town hall venue, when hopefully, all the restoration work is completed around Scott’s courtroom and the town clock spire.

“Selkirk’s 2018 Royal Burgh Standard Bearer and his attendants will still be assured of a very warm reception as June days draw nigh.”