‘Auld yins’ revel in Common-Riding

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IT WOULD be difficult for even the most cynical old soul to remain untouched by a visit from a resplendent Big Eight or to be uninspired by their charm and honest and heartfelt renderings of Common-Riding songs.

The awe-inspiring octet, headed by Cornet Ross Nichol and accompanied by the Drums and Fifes and some of the town’s best singers, sprinkled across eight local homes and hospitals their good grace, naturally friendly nature, and pride in their hometown and its traditions as the Common-Riding came to those unable to venture out to many – if any – events on the calendar of celebrations.

Cornet Nichol said: “It was a very humbling and moving experience. It’s great to see so many auld yins singing along and smiling, wishing us a great Common-Riding. We can’t forget, for some, that one visit is their whole Common-Riding.”

Full story, including interviews with residents, and more photographs in the paper.