Dumfries celebrates Guid Nychburris

Guid Nychburris is an age old tradition in Dumfries that dates back to the 1700's. In history, the town's people would ride to the boundaries to protect their land, nowadays it's a celebration.

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Guid Nychburris in Dumfries

Guid Nychburris pageant Credit: ITV

Hundreds crammed into Dumfries town centre to watch the Crowning of the Queen of the South as part of this year's Guid Nychburris pageant.

Celebrations continue for the rest of the day and this evening with the start of the parade at 5pm.

Dumfries is ready for a ride out

Dumfries is all set for the annual Guid Neighbours day which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 21 June.

The traditional festivities have been taking place for hundreds of years, and this year's Cornet and his principals have had a busy week in preparation for the big day.

Lori Carnochan has been to join them:

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Build up to Guid Nychburris riding of the marches

School children welcome the cornet, his lass and their and his principals Credit: ITV Border

Guid Nychburris is an age old tradition in Dumfries that dates back to the 1700's. In history, the town's people would ride to the boundaries to protect their land and warn off English invaders. Nowadays it's a celebration.

It's seen as an honour to be chosen as the cornet Credit: ITV Border

The cornet, his lass and their principals have been visiting schools and care homes in Dumfries ahead of the main event, Guid Neighbours Day, when the riding of the marches takes place.

Time for a 'selfie' at this school in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of horses and riders will take part in the riding of the marches tomorrow, Saturday 21 June, at 8am. At midday the crowning of the queen of the south will take place.

It brings back memories for those who have taken part in the tradition Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries prepares for riding of the marches

Final preparations have been taking place ahead of the annual Guid Nychburris main day which takes place in Dumfries tomorrow, Saturday 21 June.

This year's cornet, Chris Beattie, and his principals have been visiting schools and nursing homes in the town as part of their duties.

The riding of the marches gets underway from 8am.

Guid Nychburris festival in Dumfries begins

Dumfries is all set for this year's festivities Credit: ITV News Border

A week of celebrations in Dumfries kicks off tonight with the start of the Guid Nychburris festival.

The new cornet will be crowned in a traditional ceremony at the midsteeple, before he begins his duties. Throughout the week the cornet and his principals will visit schools and nursing homes, and host dances and suppers.

The festivities end with the riding of the marches on Saturday, where thousands of people will line the streets to welcome the cavalcade through the town.

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