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Hawick ready to kick-start Common Riding season

It's that time of the year again when the common ridings and riding of the marches take place across the south of Scotland.

Each town across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway has their own traditions dating back hundreds of years.

They all feature a cavalcade of horses and riders checking the boundaries of the town for potential invaders.

Hawick is the first of the season and takes place tomorrow. Lori Carnochan reports:



The Common Ridings: Where and when

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Today's annual Common Riding in Hawick kicks off a series of summer ridings across the south of Scotland.

Here's where you can see one of the rides:

  • 6th - 11th June - Hawick Common Riding
  • 3rd - 11th June - West Linton Whipman
  • 13th - 17th June - Selkirk Common Riding
  • 20th - 25th June -Peebles Beltane
  • 20th - 25th June - Melrose Festival
  • 24th June - 3rd July - Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering
  • 5th July - Duns Summer Festival
  • 17th - 23rd July - Kelso Civic Week
  • 1st - 6th August - Lauder Common Riding
  • 1st - 6th August -Coldstream Civic Week

Thousands line Hawick's streets for Common Riding

Thousands of spectators turned out to watch Hawick's annual Common Riding Credit: ITV Border

The first of this year's major Common Riding festivals has kicked off in Hawick this morning.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets, as hundreds of horses and riders set off to ride the town's boundaries.

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Common Riding trots off in Hawick

Hawick's annual Common Riding in 2015 Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of horses and riders, suited and booted, will ride through the streets of Hawick today for the annual Common Riding.

The earliest risers set off at 6.00am this morning to make the most of the 13th century tradition.

Common Ridings take place across the South of Scotland throughout the summer months.

Common Ridings to feature in National exhibition

Selkirk riders at the Three Bretheren in 2013 Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

An exhibition of photographs documenting the Common Ridings in the Scottish Borders is to go on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

The collection by acclaimed photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert will show the colour, pageantry and stories behind the traditional Border events.

They will be part of the new Document Scotland exhibition titled The Ties that Bind, which opens on September the 26th.

Right-Hand man Garry Ramsay in Jedburgh Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
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