Capital ride ‘a great way to end the summer’

Cornet Michael Davidson rides the Edinburgh Marches
Cornet Michael Davidson rides the Edinburgh Marches

CORNET Michael Davidson has described his final duty in the saddle during Sunday’s Riding of the Marches in Edinburgh as the perfect end to the summer.

The 2011 Cornet was amongst a host of Teries who took part in the capital’s annual riding event – which since its resurrection in 2009 has boasted a strong Hawick contingent – and Sunday was no different with officials, riders and spectators travelling up to support the event.

And at the forefront of the Hawick pack was Cornet Davidson, accompanied by his Right and Left Hand Men. He told the Hawick News: “It was quite special riding up the Royal Mile in front of large crowds with Greg Easton and Jamie Richardson by my side for the last time. A great way to end the summer.”

That sentiment is shared by Left-Hand Man Jamie, who commented: “It went well and although the weather put paid to a few fields, the fields we did get were excellent. There were plenty of other riders from Hawick, which was great to see. And it was a nice finish to the riding for the summer.” Also flying the flag for Hawick was Alan Brydon, as the author and composer of the official song, Auld Edinburgh Town. Invited to the Lord Provost’s reception and singing from the Mercat Cross, he said: “It was a great honour to be a part of the official proceedings, and it’s heartening that Edinburgh looks to Hawick for inspiration and help in what’s becoming a popular annual event.”