Jethart Callants Festival begins

Hundreds of horses and riders are expected to take part in Jedburgh's Jethart Callants Festival today. The event is part of the Borders' common riding season and is steeped in history and tradition.

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Take a trip back to 1575

Common Ridings season is drawing to a close in the Scottish Borders - and today (July 11) it was Jedburgh's turn.

The event draws riders and crowds alike from across the Borders, and marks the historical battles between the Scottish and the English that took place hundreds of years ago.

Now, however, the event is more of a social affair as Jenny Longden reports.

'Jethart's here!': Jack Fraser is leading the cavalcade

This year's Callant is Jack Fraser Credit: ITV News Border

This year's Jethart Callants Festival is underway.

The annual ride mimics the riding of the boundaries to fend off unwanted visitors, and has been held in the town since 1947.

'Jethart's here!': The cavalcade is on it's way through the town Credit: ITV News Border

Jack Fraser is the third person in his family to have the honour of being the Callant.

He will take the flag and exclaim 'Jethart's here', before leading the cavalcade through the town.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the event Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the event, which is part of the Borders Common Ridings season.

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Crowds gather for Jethart Callants Festival

People are already lining the streets of Jeburgh Credit: ITV News Border

Crowds are beginning to line the street of Jedburgh for the annual Jethart Callants Festival.

The event is part of the Border's Common Riding season.

The event mimics the riding of the boundaries to fend off unwanted English visitors Credit: ITV News Border

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