Cornet brings out sun

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THE town endured heavy rain, hail, sleet and even snow on Tuesday as Teries were regaled with Mother Nature’s full repertoire.

But Cornet Ross Nichol, whose 120-strong cavalcade to Lilliesleaf were spared the worst of the weather, admitted he didn’t feel a drop – it was sunshine all the way for Hawick’s man-of-the-moment.

He told the Hawick News: “It was a great day and, to be honest, the weather was kind to us again.

“I think we got a little shower on the way there, but when we were at Douglas Haig Court for the concert at night, I had to ask someone if we got wet so it couldn’t have been too bad.”

As well as the typically strong support he has enjoyed so far, the pavements were also lined with excited schoolchildren, waving flags and hailing their Cornet. And with the cheers still ringing in his ears, it was to more acclaim that he led his mounted followers into Lilliesleaf.

He said: “It’s a great little ride and we always enjoy a good sing-song when we get there.

By the time he returned up Mansfield Road to the Tower Knowe, Mother Nature was smiling almost as broadly as the Cornet himself, with the evening sunshine welcoming him back to town.

Full story and more photographs in the paper.