The people of Hawick picked their man of the moment last night when Gregor Hepburn was chosen to be the 2015 Cornet.
The thrilled 23-year old was all smiles as he accepted the honour on the doorstep of his Northhouse Farm home, and throughout the night as he was greeted by the crowds outside and later around the town and at the Town Hall Smoker, the huge grin on his face said it all.
Gregor was educated at Drumlanrig St. Cuthberts Primary School and Hawick High School with the ambition of becoming a vet. After gaining the required grades in 2009, he then went on to the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh. He will graduate this summer.
Gregor first followed Cornet Greg McLeod in 2003 and gained his Mosstrooper badge on his pony Tonto. Adam soon kicked him off and Gregor struck up a formidable pony racing partnership with Robbie. He could be found in other towns throughout the summer months participating in the festivals where possible and there are very few racing trophies in the Borders that Robbie or Stinger didn’t win with Gregor.
Gregor is honoured to be given the chance by ‘Tank’ to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before him as Cornet of 2015.
And supporting Gregor throughout his special year is his Lass Lois McCredie. Lois is the youngest daughter of Stuart and Margaret McCredie, and works as a veterinary nurse for the Borders’ Galdin practise. Lois is very much looking forward to experiencing the Common-Riding from a new and exciting position and hopes that everyone has a great time.
Lending a guiding hand in the coming weeks will be this year’s Acting Father and Mother Richard Lynn and his wife Lynne Gilchrist. Both are delighted to have been chosen and can’t wait to undertake their duties.