cornet’s support weathers the storm

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“NO matter what the weather, be it wet or be it fine”.

Those words by David Johnston never rang as true than on Saturday when more than 220 saddled up to ‘Follow their Cornet Roond’ on the hill road to Roberton.

Early fears were that the ride-out route would have to be extremely curtailed due to the heavy rain that battered the town on Thursday and Friday.

But alternative arrangements were made thanks to the efforts of chairman of the ride-out working party Graeme Paxton, who was in close contact with farmers throughout Friday night and Saturday morning, and head riding marshal Mick Robertson.

And so instead of heading up over Chisholm to Branxholm Loch, the cavalcade returned to Blawearie before coming down through Wilton Burn, over Martins Bridge, up Goldilands and home by the Loan.

But it didn’t detract from what was another memorable occasion for Cornet Ross Nichol, who was once more blessed with sunshine and huge crowds as he departed through the town.

And that was the case again at Roberton as the Big Four and the massive mounted following were given a traditionally warm welcome from locals and picnickers.

Full story and more photographs in the paper.