Mother Nature smiled on Hawick Cornet Chris Ritson at the weekend during his last rideout ahead of tomorrow’s Common Riding.
A 220-strong cavalcade accompanied Chris on Saturday’s ride to Denholm, with hundreds lining the streets in Hawick, cheering them on, before they were greeted by a similarly-rousing reception as they arrived in the village.
Cornet Ritson said: “It was another brilliant day. The weather helped. It was just tremendous.”
The Scout Fellowship Pipe Band played them into Denholm where cars and gazebos filled the Green. After lunch at the Fox & Hounds and a presentation on behalf of the villagers by resident Kenny Spiers, it was back on the horses again for the return to Hawick.
In time-honoured tradition, the Big Four broke off from the main cavalcade and slowly made their way down to the monument at Hornshole where they paid their respects.
Cornet Ritson said: “As soon as we got to the top of the road everything went silent. We went down and sang Teribus at the memorial. It was quite emotional.”
They then made their way to Burnfoot for a dram and the singing of Home by Burnfoot, before being met by hundreds of well-wishers as they returned to Hawick.