Young Ryan plays his part in West Linton celebrations

West Linton Whipman festival 2015
West Linton Whipman festival 2015

Aged just 18, West Linton Whipman Ryan Stuart, was entrusted with continuing the traditions of village festival that goes back 212 years.

And since he was installed, alongside his Lass Rebecca Murrison, he has proven worthy of the trust that organisers place in the teenager.

Unfortunately Rebecca hasn’t been able to join Ryan and his supporters after breaking a wrist in a fall f rom her horse while preparing for the week-long festival.

The 18-year-old said she was devastated and is following the riders in car and still fulfilling her duties as Whipman’s Lass.

The honour of proclaiming Ryan as Whipman went to 12-year-old Cameron Willacy before Ryan received the flag from Whipman President Raymond Nicol who had accepted it back from 2014 Whipman Calum Murray who had been supported by Lass, Alison Hardie.

At the installation, Presenting Lady Sheila Black gave gifts to anniversary principals while she received a bouquet from Flower Girl Holly Thompson.

Ryan – proudly carrying the banner - led his cavalcade through streets, fields and the river, to much acclaim from enthusiastic crowds who have supported the many events.