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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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Cornet leads riders through the town

Riders parade through town Credit: ITV Border

The Riding of the Marches in a historic event which sees riders check the boundaries of the Royal Burgh to ensure no-one has intruded on their territory.

Coronation of the Sanquhar queen Credit: ITV Border

"It's been absolutely brilliant, I've loved every second of it, really really good, it's something I've always wanted to do so I really enjoyed it. The Cornet's main job I think is to lead the rider round the boundaries f the Royal Burgh just to inspect the boundaries and make sure no encroachments have been made or any intruders."

– Jamie Shankley, Cornet

"It reflects what people want and what people like, it's a historical but it's also topical and people love it."

– > Jim Pirie, Riding of the Marches Treasurer

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A guide to Annan Riding of the Marches

One of the largest and oldest historic traditional ceremonies in south west Scotland is taking place. Annan Riding of the Marches, a fortnight of events, culminates on the first Saturday of July. The Annan Cornet and his Lass lead a cavalcade of riders out of the town round the burgh boundaries.

The traditional words "Safe Oot, Safe In" are shouted out as they forge the latest link in a chain of tradition dating back almost 700 years. Checking the boundaries was the responsibility of their forefathers to ensure that its landmarks had not been removed or tampered with by the English.

Their aim was to ensure that the burgh boundaries were maintained in good order. The cavalcade will circle around a channel in the Solway Firth before returning with the Burgh Standard to take part in traditional horse chases on the banks of the River Annan.