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Cornet leads riders through the town

Riders parade through town Credit: ITV Border

The Riding of the Marches in a historic event which sees riders check the boundaries of the Royal Burgh to ensure no-one has intruded on their territory.

Coronation of the Sanquhar queen Credit: ITV Border

"It's been absolutely brilliant, I've loved every second of it, really really good, it's something I've always wanted to do so I really enjoyed it. The Cornet's main job I think is to lead the rider round the boundaries f the Royal Burgh just to inspect the boundaries and make sure no encroachments have been made or any intruders."

– Jamie Shankley, Cornet

"It reflects what people want and what people like, it's a historical but it's also topical and people love it."

– > Jim Pirie, Riding of the Marches Treasurer


Bus company gets into Common Riding spirit

A bus company in the Borders is getting on board with the Common Riding.

First Borders have been getting into the festival spirit with new designs for their fleet of buses.

The makeovers were unveiled by this years Galashiels Braw lad and lass and the Selkirk Standard Bearer.

The buses have been decked out with free wifi and one route will operate more frequently.

The bus company say the services will compliment the new Borders Railway line.

New statue unveiled in Hawick

A new statue has been unveiled in Hawick town centre.

The bronze statue depicts the capturing of an English flag by a young man from the town.

Thousands lined the street to watch as this years Hawick Cornet unveiled the monument.

Ross Gibson said:"It tells the story perfectly because the young Callant brought the flag back and it was only the really old and the really young left in the town and it has got both. The detail in it is brilliant.

"It has been a perfect warm up with all the kids out cheering and I just can't wait for everything to get started now."

Hawick Cornet Ross Gibson unveils the statue Credit: ITV Border
The new statue on Hawick High Street
School children sing traditional songs Credit: ITV Border

Swapping the playing field for the battlefield

Nearly 2,000 school children from the Scottish Borders have been celebrating one of the most significant moments in Hawick's history.

The Battle of Hornshole took place 500 years ago today. The battle's remembered in the town's annual Common Riding celebrations. Part of the festivities included a re-enactment at the site of the battle.

Our reporter in the Borders, Jenny Longden, was there:

This year's Hawick Common Riding is 'extra special'

The re-enactment held for local school children in Hawick is the start of a summer long programme of common ridings and festivals in the Scottish Borders.

Pupils from Hawick High School re-created a moment of victory for the town Credit: ITV Border

The Battle of Hornshole is the basis for the annual Common Riding event, when hundreds of men ride the towns boundaries, led by the Cornet holding a flag.

This year, the event will have a special significance as it is 500 years since the battle took place.

Nearly 2,000 children took part Credit: ITV Border

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Hawick Provost, said:

"Hawick Common Riding is always a very special event, there is no two ways about that, but this year makes it even extra special because it is the 500 year anniversary of the events that took place at Hornshole."


Border Life 1: Scotland's horse town

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.

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