‘It’s great to get back to normal’

Lilliesleaf Ride-out
Lilliesleaf Ride-out

THE Cornet has spoken of his delight that last Tuesday’s ride-out passed without incident and that everything was “back to normal”.

Following last Saturday’s rare accidents, the 25-year-old led a successful outing to Lilliesleaf – and a day which was blessed with lots of young followers and good cheer.

Lilliesleaf Ride-out

Lilliesleaf Ride-out

Cornet Michael Davidson told the Hawick News: “There was a good turnout for a Tuesday and it was really nice to see lots of ponies following. With Lilliesleaf being an easier ride it was quite laid back and went really well. “

He continued: “And there were no casualties which, after Saturday, felt great to get back to normal, and let’s hope that continues.”

Around 100 mounted supporters joined the ride which was cheered out of the town, although the biggest hooray for the Big Four and their followers was given by school children in Dickson Street.

Highlighting what he said was one of the most memorable parts of the day, the Cornet explained: “The kids from Trinity were at the bottom, Wilton Primary School pupils were in the middle, and then we had Stirches at the top, and they all gave us great cheers, which was brilliant.”

Lilliesleaf Ride-out

Lilliesleaf Ride-out

At Lilliesleaf the picnickers enjoyed fair weather and the traditional sing-song in the village hall. And after an enjoyable ride home, despite drizzling rain early on, the welcome given to the Cornet and his followers as he entered Burnfoot had certainly not been dampened.

Michael commented: “Coming back via Burnfoot was really good, people had turned out to cheer us in which was nice as it’s like their own part of the Common-Riding, and it was also nice to see a few of the old folk.”

And once again townsfolk were out in big numbers to welcome the cavalcade back to Tower Knowe.

“The response from everyone is amazing,” added the Cornet.