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Lauder residents turn out for Common Riding

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Hundreds of people in the Scottish Borders have turned out for the Lauder Common Ridings

The festival dates back to the 1600s, but was discontinued in the mid 1800s, before being reinstated in 1911.

This year's Cornet, Greg Scott, said it was a fantastic honour:

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Watch Hannah McNulty's report from the event below:

Stained glass lights up Lauder Hall

The stained glass window at Lauder Public Hall Credit: ITV Border

A stained glass window designed by school pupils has been unveiled at Lauder Public Hall.

The window depicts scenes from Lauder Common Riding, around a picture of Mary and Jesus.

The window design includes Lauder Town Hall, a footballer, sheep and horses and riders taking part in the annual common riding festival.

The window was designed by 4 Lauder Primary pupils in 2012: Ben Weir, Gabriella Purves, Eve Lee and Finlay Anderson.

They were at the unveiling of the window along with Lauder Primary School pupils and parents on Friday morning.

Primary school pupils sing before the unveiling Credit: ITV Border


Twenty 10 club apologise for Jimmy Savile float

Members of a local Twenty 10 club, who drew criticism for dressing up as disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirl victims at the Lauder Common Riding, have apologised for any offence caused.

We, the members of the 2010 club who participated in Lauder Fancy Dress recognise we made a serious error of judgement in our choice of subject for our float at this year’s event.

"It was never our intention to cause offence to anyone. For the upset we have caused or may cause we unreservedly apologise.

Organiser says they have been targeted following float outrage

One of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding says they have been targeted after a fancy dress float caused offence at this year's event. A float with people dressed as Jimmy Savile and schoolgirls was part of a parade in the Borders town last weekend.

The stunt made national news headlines and was criticised by politicians and charities. The organiser says animal droppings were left at their home and have reported the matter to Police.


Full Report: Outrage over Jimmy Savile float at Lauder Common Riding

The organisers of Lauder's Common Riding are coming under fire for allowing a Jimmy Savile themed float to enter their fancy dress parade last week.

The stunt has attracted criticism from some people in the town as well as politicians and victims of abuse.

However, the committee say they do not censor entries and it is up to people to make their own moral choices about what they put in the parade.

Kathryn Samson reports.

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Abuse support charity say Savile float "crass"

A charity which supports people abused in childhood say they have already had a number of calls from "distressed" victims of abuse.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood said the float featuring people in Jimmy Savile costumes at a festival in the Borders was "crass".

"We've already had calls to the NAPAC support line from people who are distressed by this because every time people do stupid things like this and glorify these crimes, it will glorify abuse - not just Savile victims who will understandably be upset, but other victims of childhood abuse."

– Peter Saunders, NAPAC

A link to the charity can be found here

Common Riding organisers: "We have never censored anyone who has entered the event"

In response to comments branding a Jim'll Fix It themed float in this year's Lauder Common Riding competition "distasteful and offensive", the organisers have said:

"Lauder Common Riding Committee is responsible for running one of the oldest and largest equestrian events in Europe.

"Our main aim is to ensure this event is run safely and for the enjoyment of spectators and the many hundreds who take part in all our events. This we have done very successfully both this year and in the past.

"Our fancy dress parade is only one element of our week and is a long-standing tradition. We have never censored anyone who has entered the event. It is up to the individuals who enter and their conscience to decide how they wish to express themselves and approach the event.

"People spectate and take part of their own free will. This year we did not receive any complaints about any of the entrants.

"We are obviously dismayed and understand that people are upset by the coverage one of the entries has received; however, we would reiterate that the committee does not condone or condemn the individual's right to enter the parade in their own way."

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