Cornet Jamie takes his first steps

Cornet Jamie Turnbull was unveiled to delighted Teries on Wednesday night.

The 25-year-old sensed his moment was approaching when he heard the sound of the Fifes and Drums heading up Rosebank Road towards his house.

Ahead of the band was the Halberdier Jim Anderson with buttons clear. When he knocked on the door, the cornet-elect's heart was pounding his moment of destiny had arrived.

A few minutes later Jamie emerged to the cheers of the hordes of townspeople who had gathered to witness the age old tradition.

Behind Jamie was Acting-Father Derek Oliver, Right-hand man Craig Rodgerson and Left-hand man Greg McLeod all beaming with pride as they walked out of the house, to enjoy the special moment.

Speaking to the 'News' yesterday (Thursday) Jamie said: "The whole evening was brilliant. It was so good having so many people involved with the Common Riding in the house.

"Then when I walked out of the door to the cheers it was just amazing. It really hit home how much the Common Riding means to everyone when I saw the sea of faces."

Ahead of the first ride-out on Saturday to Bonchester, Jamie said: "I first followed to Bonchester in 1991 behind Cornet Gary Scott. I was on my pony Rosie. It will be such an experience leading the cavalcade."

Jamie is the only son of Norman and Anne Turnbull who were Acting Father and Acting Mother to Cornet Stuart Irvine in 1997. He has one sister, Wendy, 28 who is married to Barrie Kennedy and lives in Glasgow with their four year-old son, Joseph.

Jamie attended Drumlanrig and Hawick High Schools before completing a BA (Hons) degree in History and Sociology at the University of Stirling.

He then spent a year in Ireland as Pupil Assistant to well-known trainer Edward O'Grady but he returned to Hawick just in time for the Picking Night last year.

He is currently employed in the stockroom at Lyle & Scott.

He lists his hobbies as cricket and is a regular member of the Hawick & Wilton First XI. But his first love has always been horses and the Common Riding.

His Lass is Louise Philbin, 20, the only daughter of Jane and Martin Philbin. Louise has two brothers, Mark, 27, and Ryan, 23. She was educated at Stirches Primary School and Hawick High School.

Louise is currently in her second year at Edinburgh University studying to become a Physical Education teacher. A keen hockey player she is also an accomplished horse rider and spends a lot of time looking after her horse, Morgan.

The Acting-Father and Acting Mother are Derek and Clare Oliver. Derek also first followed Cornet Gary Scott in 1991. They live at Highbrae, Linden Crescent, and have a son, Robbie who is one-and-a-half.

Derek works for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an Agricultural Manager, while Clare works for HBOS as an Assistant Manager.

Derek comes from a family steeped in the Common Riding tradition. He has just been elected as vice-President of Hawick Linden and is also a member of the Callants Club, Conservative Club and Teviotdale Farmers' Club.

Clare comes from a farming background and is also a very keen horsewoman. As a youngster she competed in local Pony Club trials and followed at other Common Ridings.