THE Cornet has heaped praised on Teries for turning out in their hundreds to support Roberton ride-out last Saturday.
An estimated 249 riders formed a large cavalcade for the second week in a row, which was cheered out of Hawick by crowds lining the route along the High Street towards Stirches.
As walkers, and even mountain bikers, also headed for the hills in support of the occasion, the popular first stop and vantage point at Blawearie once again resembled Piccadilly Circus, as long lines of cars were parked up to see the cavalcade.
And with dry skies and a breeze in the air, Cornet Michael Davidson says he couldn’t have asked for more on his second Saturday outing. “It was great to see such a big turnout which I really appreciate, because it’s not cheap nowadays, and seeing the amount of people in Dickson Street was definitely a highlight,” he said.
“The weather was perfect, just the right temperature for the horses as the ride was very fast on the way there,” continued the Cornet. “And it was great to see so many walking and following by car, as it’s important they enjoy their day as well as the riders.”
Indeed the popular spot at Roberton was bursting with picknickers who enjoyed sitting out on a dry, sunny day. And Acting Father Grahame Nichol certainly made the most of it. He told the Hawick News: “It was another great day in perfect weather for riding, but the best part for me was arriving in Roberton and seeing everyone enjoying the picnic, then having the chance to get round and see people.”
On the return journey a large crowd gathered for the river crossing – which despite safety fears prompting the last-minute removal of a roped-off section of water, and one horse narrowly avoiding a group after mounting the banking, was another highlight of the day.
But alluding to accidents which occurred only moments later, and other incidents, Cornet Davidson stated: “That was the only low point of the day. I wish them all full and speedy recoveries, and hopefully that’s the end of the casualties and everyone comes back safely.”
Michael has paid warm tribute to the marhsals, doctors and paramedics who did a “great job”. A sentiment shared equally by the Acting Father, who added: “Our thoughts are with Jim Hogg and his family.”
But summing up the ride-out, Grahame stated: “Apart from the accidents, it was another cracking day. Everyone is so kind and pleased to see us. We are having a ball.”