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Border Life: Episode One

The first episode of Border Life looks at Hawick's close relationship with horses, with the town traditionally hosting the first ride-out of the Common Ridings.

Now one man wants to make that link more formal by having the Borders town recognised officially as Scotland's horse town.

We have also been looking at the role of the textiles industry and how Borders tweed is taking the world by storm.

Border Life starts its look at Robert the Bruce and the Scottish King's life, and what link he had with southern Scotland.

Fiona Armstrong has been finding out more - watch the first episode now.

Video montage: Highlights of the Common Ridings and Riding of the Marches

The main Common Riding and festival season in the south of Scotland came to an end this weekend in Sanquhar.

It has been a fantastic few months for towns across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway- and most of the festivals were blessed with good weather.

We have been along to many of the celebrations, from Hawick Common Riding to the Flodden Ride as part of Coldstream's Civic Week.

Below is a a video montage of some of the best bits from the festivals.



Helmet-cam views of Jedburgh Common Riding

Our reporter Jenny Londgen with her head-cam fitted Credit: ITV News Border

Our reporter Jenny Longden has been taking part in Jedburgh Common Riding.

Following the cavalcade Credit: ITV News Border

Complete with a helmet camera, Jenny and her horse Ben joined hundreds of horses and riders as they made their way round the borders countryside.

Horses and riders stopping at Ferniehirst for a well earned break Credit: ITV News Border
Jenny and Ben at the midway point Credit: ITV News Border
Making their way back toward Jedburgh Abbey Credit: ITV News Border
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