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Profile: Hawick Cornet Chris Ritson

Cornet Chris Ritson Credit: Tom Homes

This year's Cornet is 23-year-old Chris Ritson from Hawick.

Chris is the eldest son of Jimmy and Susan Ritson and he has two old sisters, Sarah and Michelle, and a younger brother, Philip.

Chris is a former pupil of Drumlanrig Primary School and Hawick High School and now works at Richard Brown Forestry Contractors.

He first followed Cornet Craig Rogerson in 2004 and has been following every year since then. Chris will be using his own 16-year-old 17hh chesnut gelding, Troy, for the Common Riding today.

Chris has longed to be the Cornet since he was a young boy and says his dream has come true.

When not riding Troy, Chris enjoys playing rugby- which has been his main interest for the last 15 years.

Hawick Cornet pays tribute to close friend

Tributes have been paid to a man that who following a gunshot wound to his leg on a Hawick farm.

Adam Hepburn died in the early hours of Wednesday morning (8th May).

The 22-year-old was a keen horse-rider and followed the annual ride outs in his hometown.

Just one day after his death, close friend Chris Ritson was chosen as this year's Hawick Cornet in the annual Picking Night.

Mr Ritson said:

"He was a great lad, we are absolutely devastated. I just have to get on with it now. It's a shame. Im absolutely gutted".

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Traditional Hawick "Picking Night" goes ahead

Hawick Cornet Chris Ritson Credit: ITV News Border

The Hawick Cornet was chosen in the town's traditional Picking Night last night (8th May).

Chris Ritson was named as the man that will carry out ceremonial duties during the Common Riding Festival this year.

Cornet led by Hawick Pipes and Drums band Credit: ITV News Border

It is a huge honour for any man in the town to hold the role.

He said:

"I feel unbelievable, it is what I have wanted all my life so it is great, I am chuffed to bits. I am looking forward to carrying the flag during the Common Riding".

Cornet and other principals throw signed pictures into crowds on picking night Credit: ITV News Border