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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