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In pictures: Annan Riding of the Marches

Annan Riding of the Marches Photo: ITV News Border

The Riding of the Marches is a 700-year old tradition. Annan's 15-mile boundary is checked for English marauders and any invaders are ridden out. Nowadays. it's more about the procession and the party but some of the old traditions remain.

Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border
Over 100 riders participated in the procession Credit: ITV News Border
Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border
Over 100 riders participated in the procession Credit: ITV News Border
Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border
Over 100 riders participated in the procession Credit: ITV News Border

The procession of riders is followed by a carnival of floats and the children's fancy dress competition.

The Granny Prix float Credit: ITV News Border
Children's fancy dress competitors Credit: ITV News Border
Children's fancy dress competitor Credit: ITV News Border
A comic take on the Cornet and his Lass Credit: ITV News Border
Children's fancy dress competitors Credit: ITV News Border
The winner: Mak as a Transformer Credit: ITV News Border
The winner: Mak as a Transformer Credit: ITV News Border
The winner: Mak as a Transformer Credit: ITV News Border

The procession is led by the Cornet and his Lass. Every year a new single man and single woman are chosen to represent their town. They attend events throughout the year as Annan's ambassador. There's also a Queen of the Border.

Queen of the Border Credit: ITV News Border
Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border
Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border
Annan Riding of the Marches: Bands Credit: ITV News Border