ACTING Father Grahame Nichol has described leading last Thursday Night’s Chase as “phenomenal”.
Although as the thrilled Fither thundered up the Nipknowes on the night taking centre stage in his role as Acting Senior Magistrate, he admitted that there weren’t many words in the dictionary to describe how it felt.
He told the Hawick News: “It was phenomenal, better than I ever expected. The weather just made it. It was unbelievable.
“It was absolutely breathtaking to say the least, words can’t explain it.”
Hundreds of Teries young and old packed onto a sun-kissed Vertish Hill to cheer on the first of the Chases, and they weren’t disappointed as in a hail of clattering hooves and dust, the two cavalcades galloped their way up to the crossroads in fine style.
Describing his hurl into history, Grahame commented: “Your emotions just take over. It was outstanding.”
And being at the helm of the unmarried men was an equally delighted Cornet Davidson, who stated: “The Chase is my highlight so far now, riding behind the Fifes and Drums for the first time was a whole new experience. My horse went fine and it was brilliant seeing the Vertish Hill packed with cheering townsfolk.”
The 25-year old added: “It was something else.”
With temperatures having soared, hordes of townsfolk took their places outside the Hut to hear the songs and speeches – and inside the mercury rose even higher as Acting Father Grahame received his badge of office from Common-Riding Committee chairman Stuart Marshall.
Cornet Davidson commented: “I had the best seat in the house, but it was Graeme’s night and I was fair chuffed to see him get his badge of office. Everything cranked up another gear on Thursday night.”
Indeed, after the Ordering of the Curds and Cream, and official song-singer Michael Aitken leading Teribus in front of the house, there was no doubt that the Common-Riding was just around the corner.