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Thousand expected for Annan Riding of the Marches

Annan Riding of the Marches Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people are expected to turn out in Annan today for the annual Riding of the Marches and parade.

The horses and riders are due to leave the High Street at 7.30am before riding the boundaries of the town, just like generations before them have done.

It's one of the oldest events of its kind and dates back almost 600 years.

In the evening the town will be filled with the sound of drums and bagpipes as marching bands parade through the centre.

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The annual tradition dates back hundreds of years, where the local Cornet, his lass, and their cavalcade would ride the boundaries of the town to warn off any intruders.

This year's Cornet was Jordan McLatchie, his lass was Rebecca Nelson and the Queen of the South was Eimear Smith.

Watch some of the highlights from the day below:

Sanquhar Riding of the Marches 2015

2015 Sanquhar Principals Credit: ITV News Border

Around 150 horses and riders turned out for this year's Sanquhar Riding of the Marches.

The age-old tradition sees the Cornet leading his cavalcade around the boundaries of the town, to check for any potential intruders.

The cavalcade riding the boundaries Credit: ITV News Border

This year's Cornet, his Lass and their Ensign began the day with the traditional ceremonies, taking place at the Toll Booth.

They were then formally sworn in as the 2015 Principals, before beginning their duties.

The traditional ceremony at the Toll Booth Credit: ITV News Border

After checking the boundaries of the town, the Principals and the cavalcade return to the town centre to report their findings to the townspeople.

The day's events are finished with the crowning of the Queen and a colourful parade through the town.

2015 Queen Chloe West Credit: ITV News Border

Sanquhar is the last of Dumfries and Galloway's Riding of the Marches, and brings to a close another busy year for Cornet's clubs across the south of Scotland.

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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.

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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