Tradition shines through at Morebattle meeting

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keen followers braved downpours to follow their young civic leaders to a traditional meeting in Morebattle on Sunday, writes Sally Gillespie.

Kelso Laddie Phil Hume and Jethart Callant Ryan Miller rode across country in changeable weather to meet at the village’s trysting tree.

A cavalcade of 47 followed the Laddie from the Tweedside town, while more than 85 riders made their way from Jedburgh over the hills to the village. Jedburgh Royal British Legion Pipe Band played before Jedforest Instrumental Band led Ryan and his followers into the centre of the village for the meeting with Phil.

Scottish Borders councillor Alec Nicol welcomed the riders to Morebattle and gave the main address. The two young principals shook hands at the Trysting Tree and spoke to the crowds before laying a wreath together at the war memorial and dancing a reel with girls from the village.

The respective cavalcades were greeted with heavy rain as they started the journeys home after their village tea.

The Dickson Robb Cup for best turned-out horse and rider from Kelso was won by Rachel Ward.