A PRINT depicting the day of election of this year’s Centenary Cornet has been donated to the Border Club.
Steve Bonsor, the great-nephew of 1912 Cornet John Dickson Bonsor, handed over a copy of an original photograph that was unearthed at his mother’s house in Weensland Road only a couple of years ago.
The photo was taken at the then-Bonsor family home at Thorterdykes on the day John Bonsor was named as Cornet, with Miss Annie Wilson as his Lass.
“We found the photo by accident when my mother had a clear-out of the attic a couple of years ago,” explained Steve Bonsor. “It was dusted down and framed and we put it on the wall. I got Derek Lunn to copy it, so the original is still at Weensland Road, I kept a copy myself and presented another copy to the Border Club.”
Now living in Aberdeen with his wife Lindsay and two young daughters, Mr Bonsor remains an avid supporter of the Common-Riding.
“I’m Hawick born and bred, and I come down almost every year for the Common-Riding,” said Mr Bonsor, now 43, who attended Trinity primary and the high school before leaving the town in 1987 to begin university studies in Edinburgh.
This year, he has missed only the weekend of the Philhope Bridge Ride-out in the series of weekend celebrations. And he was due to return ‘home’ again this week.
He said: “My family has been down and they like the tradition of it, but because it’s a more momentous year for me this year, I have been down every weekend apart from one.”