The Kirkin’

The Kirkin'
The Kirkin'

CORNET Michael Davidson took his first official steps into Common-Riding Week on Sunday when he was Kirked in the time-honoured tradition.

The 25-year-old, along with his Right, Left and Acting Father, looked immaculate in their morning suits and tile hats as they took their place at the helm of the Cornet’s church parade.

Led by the halberdiers and followed by a long line of Ex-Cornets, Ex-Acting Fathers and the rest of his supporters, Cornet Davidson made the timeless walk, this year to a packed Trinity church where Rev. Michael Scouler conducted his first ever Kirking. Cornet Michael Davidson said: “The minister did a great job, especially as it was his first time and the Kirking was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” He added: “It was different being dressed in morning suits and in the procession, and a great experience.”

Rev. Scouler’s service focused on the Common-Riding and the theme, which was about the passing on of history, considered Hawick, its landmarks and some Bible parallels. He said afterwards: “There was great excitement for many church members in welcoming Cornet Davidson and his Lass to Trinity for the Kirking. The excitement fairly got to me too! There were many words of appreciation given after the service and it was an honour for us to have assisted the Common-Riding in this way.”

Hymns sung were ‘I, to the hills will lift mine eyes’, ‘Great is thy faithfulness’, ‘Guide me O thou great Jehovah’ and ‘One more step along the world I go’. Bibles were presented from the church to the Cornet by Mark Wright of Trinity BBs, and to the Cornet’s Lass by session clerk Muriel Bowie. Cavers & Kirkton Church, linked with Trinity, gave a paperweight and pen to the Principals, the presentation by Ex-Acting Mother Jean Muir. The Lasses, looking resplendent in their Sunday best, then joined the four Principals and were cheered along the High Steet on their way to the Cornet’s Lasses’ lunch at Hawick Rugby Club.