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Thousands flock to Selkirk for Borders Common Ridings celebrations

The Common Riding season is well underway and the celebrations continue this weekend as hundreds of horses and thousands of spectators are hitting the streets of Selkirk.

The tradition dates back to the 12th century and the 'Riding the Marches' where town residents on horseback would inspect common land to see if neighbouring landowners had passed their boundaries.

Selkirk's Riding of the Marches traditionally begins early in the morning and takes place for around four hours before finishing in the market place with the casting of the colours.

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While all Common Ridings share the idea of riding around town boundaries, the traumatic battle of Flodden in 1513 where an estimated 10,000 Scots and King James IV lost their lives fighting Henry VIII's English army, still resonates emotionally in Selkirk and Hawick's traditions.

Selkirk's 'Royal Burgh Standard Bearer' represents Fletcher, the only Selkirk man to return from Flodden alive carrying a captured English flag.

The celebrations are set to continue throughout the weekend with horse racing and professional games.