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Thousands expected in Langholm for Common Riding Festival

The Langholm Common Riding attracts thousands each year Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people will be in Langholm today as it holds its annual Common Riding festival.

It commemorates the ancient tradition of checking the boundaries of the town on horseback, which stretches back almost 250 years.

The events began at 5 this morning and will carry on into the evening.

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Galashiels Braw Lad cracked ribs falling off horse

One of the principals in the Galashiels Common Ridings is recovering from falling off his horse.

Fraser Anderson, who was the 2014 Melrosian, cracked several ribs and sustained bumps and bruises when he fell off during a 4-hour ride out near Cauldshiels Loch.

The accident delayed the start of the Braw Lads Ride out while an air ambulance was called out, due to the inaccessibility of the area and concern for his condition.

His father Ian thanked everyone who helped on Fraser's Facebook page.

"Fraser has a few cracked ribs and plenty of aches but otherwise okay. Thanks again to everyone."

– Fraser's Father Ian

But thousands of people still packed the streets of Galashiels to cheer on Braw Lad Cameron Pate and Braw Lass Abbie Frankland.

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