Hundreds of horses and riders have been taking part in one of the regions oldest common riding festivals.The traditional ceremonial ride out took place in Selkirk, where the links to the Battle of Flodden are still strong. Jenny Longden sent this report.
The Selkirk Common Riding is getting underway in the Borders. The event is one of the oldest equestrian events in Europe. This year the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden is being remembered. In 1513, 80 men rode out to fight for King James IV but only one returned.
The Coldstream Common Riding got underway this morning. Hundreds of people lined the streets to see the procession begin.Horses and riders joined the 'ride out' to other towns and villages which is part of Coldstream Civic Week.
It's a tradition unique to the scottish borders and the common riding season has wound it's way round to Duns and Annan today. No english invaders were spotted on the ritual patrolling of either town's boundaries this morning, so the festivities could get underway in earnest.
The ridings are a festival of civic pride dating back hundreds of years to the times of the reivers. These days the common riding is a chance to celebrate with friends.