The huge support shown for Hawick Cornet Ali George continued this week despite less appealing weather.
More than 190 riders followed him to Roberton on Saturday, with a further 72 taking part in Tuesday’s ride to Lilliesleaf.
And Ali was delighted to see numbers up on both rideouts. He said: “The weather wasn’t actually too bad. We only had one shower yesterday. We have been really lucky, and it didn’t put anybody off.
“The support has been great again, and we had a lot of folk out to see us in and out of the town at both rides.”
With the last of the Border principals now announced, Ali welcomed the first of the 2017 principals as followers on horseback this week.
He said: “The Selkirk Royal Burgh Standard Bearer was riding at Lilliesleaf, and the Melrosian followed last week for his first ride too, and I think he was keen to get one under his belt.”
The rides continue tonight with around 80 children taking part in a junior ride leaving the Common Haugh at 6.30pm.
Saturday sees Ali lead a cavalcade to Philhope Bridge, leaving Backdamgate at 12.30pm and arriving at Philhope Bridge at 3.30pm. The riders head back at 5.30pm, returning to Tower Knowe at 8pm.
Tuesday’s ride to Priesthaugh leaves Backdamgate at 2pm, arriving at 4pm. Riders leave again at 6pm and will return at 8pm.