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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.


The sun shines for Galashiels Braw Lads Day

Crowds turned out in the sunshine in Galashiels, for the latest event in the annual Common Ridings season.

The celebrations mark the culmination of the week long Braw Lads Gathering.

The Gathering has been an annual event in the town since 1930.

Hundreds lined the streets of Galashiels to watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV News Border
The sun shone for the annual festival Credit: ITV News Border
There was a festival atmosphere in the town Credit: ITV News Border


Pictures: Melrose Festival

Hundreds of riders took part Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Borders town of Melrose has been celebrating the annual ride out as part of its summer festival.

It's the highlight of a week of events in the town, in which the Melrosian leads a cavalcade around the town and its boundaries.

More than 200 horses and riders took part.

This year's Melrosian is Donald Crawford. Credit: ITV Border
The riders ford the River Tweed Credit: ITV Border
Crowds watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV Border
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Thousands watch Lockerbie Riding of the Marches

The cavalcade rides the boundaries of the town Credit: ITV News Border

Thousands of people from Lockerbie have turned out for the annual Riding of the Marches and Gala.

The elected Cornet, his Lass and the Standard Bearer lead a cavalcade of around 130 horses and riders around the boundaries of the town.

Historically, the principals and their followers would check the boundaries for intruders, and chase them off if any were found.

2015 Lockerbie Principals Credit: ITV News Border

This year marks the biggest turnout for many years, with the sunny weather making a difference.

The annual tradition is a highlight for the town, who turn out in their thousands to cheer on the horses and riders.

Horse and riders on the gallop Credit: ITV News Border

After the cavalcade return to the town centre, the Gala day begins, with a special parade for this year's Gala Queen.

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