Common Riding season underway in the Borders

Towns throughout the Scottish Borders are hosting their own events as part of this year's Common Ridings.

Live updates

Hundreds watch Duns ride out

Hundreds of people have been out watching the climax of one of the biggest summer events in the Borders. The Duns Festival commemorates the town's history in a week of sport, concerts, rideouts and parades. The police are investigating alleged financial irregularities in the festival's finances but those at today's event didn't let that spoil the fun

Watch all the action in Matthew Taylor's report

Galashiels Braw Lad cracked ribs falling off horse

One of the principals in the Galashiels Common Ridings is recovering from falling off his horse.

Fraser Anderson, who was the 2014 Melrosian, cracked several ribs and sustained bumps and bruises when he fell off during a 4-hour ride out near Cauldshiels Loch.

The accident delayed the start of the Braw Lads Ride out while an air ambulance was called out, due to the inaccessibility of the area and concern for his condition.

His father Ian thanked everyone who helped on Fraser's Facebook page.

"Fraser has a few cracked ribs and plenty of aches but otherwise okay. Thanks again to everyone."

– Fraser's Father Ian

But thousands of people still packed the streets of Galashiels to cheer on Braw Lad Cameron Pate and Braw Lass Abbie Frankland.

Advertisement

The sun shines for Galashiels Braw Lads Day

Crowds turned out in the sunshine in Galashiels, for the latest event in the annual Common Ridings season.

The celebrations mark the culmination of the week long Braw Lads Gathering.

The Gathering has been an annual event in the town since 1930.

Hundreds lined the streets of Galashiels to watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV News Border
The sun shone for the annual festival Credit: ITV News Border
There was a festival atmosphere in the town Credit: ITV News Border

WATCH: Melrose Festival

Common Riding season is in full swing in the Scottish Borders.

Last night it was the turn of Melrose.

The ride-out took place in and around the town, and Jenny Longden was there:

Advertisement

Childhood dream for Melrosian

Melrosian Donald Crawford says the role is a childhood dream come true.

He led a two hundred strong cavalcade round Melrose on Monday evening.

He follows in his father's footsteps, Michael Crawford, who was Melrosian in 1984.

Pictures: Melrose Festival

Hundreds of riders took part Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Borders town of Melrose has been celebrating the annual ride out as part of its summer festival.

It's the highlight of a week of events in the town, in which the Melrosian leads a cavalcade around the town and its boundaries.

More than 200 horses and riders took part.

This year's Melrosian is Donald Crawford. Credit: ITV Border
The riders ford the River Tweed Credit: ITV Border
Crowds watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border

Video montage: Lockerbie Riding of the Marches 2015

Thousands of people turned out in Lockerbie for the annual Riding of the Marches and Gala Day.

Around 130 horses and riders took part in the festivities, and below is a video montage of some of the highlights:

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.

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports