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This year’s Common-Riding timetable

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Common-Riding Thursday

6am – Muster in Backdamgate and ride by Towerdykeside to St Leonards.

8.15am – Remount and proceed to racecourse, then home by Crumhaughhill.

9am – Marshal at top of Loan, then ride by way of High Street and Wilton to dismiss at town hall.

6pm – Halberdiers and the Drums and Fifes set off from Kirk Wynd to signal the start of the Common-Riding.

7pm – Colour-Bussing in town hall.

8.15pm – Proclamation from Burgh Cross.

8.20pm (approx) – Cornet ties ribbons on 1514 Memorial, followed by the Cornet’s walk around the burgh. All followers and members of the public are invited to join the walk.

Common-Riding Friday

6am – Halberdiers and the Drums and Fifes set off from Kirk Wynd to “rouse the population”.

6.15am– Snuffin’ by the site of Auld Brig.

7am – Cornet’s Breakfast in Brydon’s Restaurant, 16 High Street.

8.20am – Cornet walks from town hall to Tower Knowe with the Flag.

8.25am – Sing Old Song, in full, at front door of the Tower.

8.30am – Muster in Backdamgate (horses should be sent forward ready to ride from Towerdykeside).

8.45am – Procession round Wilton, Cornet and followers ride through archway and proceed via Sandbed to Wilton.

9am – Main procession from central square along High Street on way to Moor.

9.25am – Cornet’s Acting Father’s Chase for married supporters, followed by the Cornet’s Chase for unmarried followers (see code of conduct for Chase protocol).

9.40am – Arrive St Leonards. Cornet displays Flag in front of farmhouse, then enters the Hut for curds and cream repast.

11am – Leave the Hut and proceed to the front of St Leonards Farmhouse for singing of Teribus. Riders to their horses.

11.15am - Cornet and equestrian supporters leave St Leonards to ride the outlying Marches. Motor vehicles proceed direct to racecourse.

11.50am (approx) – Cutting of the Sod at the extremity of the Marches.

Noon – Primary schools ‘Roond the Mair’ relay race for the 1514 Club American Cup.

12.15pm – Car boards lifted from race track. No entry to centre of course.

12.30pm – Cornet and equestrian supporters arrive at racecourse. The Cornet leads the cavalcade past the winning post. No horse stopping ’til rising the hill. Cornet, Right and Left-Hand Men, Acting Father, Ex-Cornets and Ex-Acting Fathers only ride into paddock and dismount. Cornet displays Flag above the committee rooms. Cornet and Acting Father then receive their gifts of riding crops from the chief guest. (The cost of the presentation crops has been kindly donated by the Ancient Order of Mosstroopers and the 1514 Club.)

12.50pm – Races begin with The Drew Martin Trophy.

1pm – Saxhorn Band play at hon. provost’s tent.

4pm – Cornet and equestrian supporters leave the racecourse and proceed by way of Crumhaughhill, Loan, Cheviot Road and Bright Street to Myreslawgreen. Cornet, Right and Left-Hand Men and Acting Father only proceed to Coble Pool where Cornet marks boundary by dipping Flag staff into the Teviot three times. Gallop back up to the head of Beaconsfield Terrace to join other riders.

4.45pm – Form up behind the Drums and Fifes and proceed via High Street, Cross Wynd to Millbank where riders are dismissed. Cornet, Right and Left-Hand Men and Acting Father form up behind Drums and Fifes, hence to Mill Path where the Proclamation will be read, followed by the singing of Teribus.

5pm – Proceed by way of Allars Crescent, Staney Brae and Cross Wynd to town hall where the Cornet displays the Flag.

6.30 for 7pm – Common-Riding Dinner in the town hall.

10.30pm – Common-Riding Ball in town hall begins with the Grand March.

11.20pm – Toast to Cornet.

11.30pm – Cornet’s Reel.

Common-Riding Saturday

Sunrise – Visit the Mote. In accordance with ancient custom, the Principals sing Teribus on the summit. Return to Tower Knowe to dance the Reel then dismiss.

9.30am – Muster in Backdamgate. Ride from Towerdykeside to Wilton Lodge. Cornet, Right and Left-Hand Men and Acting Father sing Teribus at the end of the Avenue. Proceed to museum. Cornet and Party then lay wreaths at the war memorial, overseen by committee. Cornet and mounted supporters proceed via Princes Street and Dovemount to central square.

10am – Leave central square, proceed via High Street, Loan, Rosebank, Dukes Wood, Flex Farm, Wulliestruther and Pilmuir.

11am – Car boards lifted from race track. No entry to centre of course.

11.15am – Cornet and equestrian supporters arrive at racecourse. The Cornet leads the cavalcade past the winning post. No horse stopping ’til rising the hill. Cornet, Right and Left-Hand Men, Acting Father and all mounted supporters ride into paddock and dismount. Cornet displays Flag above the committee rooms.

Noon – Races begin with JED Murray Trophy.

3pm (immediately after last race and no later than 3pm) –Cornet and equestrian supporters leave the racecourse and proceed by way of Crumhaughhill, Loan, High Street to town hall.

3.30pm – Cornet returns Flag to hon. provost and Council and it is displayed for the last time from the council chamber whilst the Saxhorn Band plays Invocation. Dismiss horses.

 

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