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Cornet Euan Reilly, his Lass Lisa McLean, and Acting Father and Mother, Stuart and Caja Sharkey.
Cornet Euan Reilly, his Lass Lisa McLean, and Acting Father and Mother, Stuart and Caja Sharkey.

This year’s Common-Riding is in the safe hands of Euan Reilly, the Hawick Legion goalkeeper, who is thrilled to be joining the long list of Cornets.

The eldest son of Lynn and Tony, Euan, of Ramsay Road, was educated at Wilton and the high school, after which he served an apprenticeship with James Swinton & Co where he qualified as a joiner in 2012. He currently works with Scottish Borders Housing Association. His younger brother, Aidan, 21, is a funeral director with John Beattie & Sons.

Euan’s first Common-Riding as a mounted supporter was in Craig Rodgerson’s year, 2004, and he has followed every year since. He gained his Mosstroopers’ badge on his pony Lala
in 2004. His horse for the
2016 celebrations is trusted steed Molly, from Lesley Douglas.

As well as his passion for the Common-Riding, Euan’s other interests include football, golf and darts. He has played in goal for six years and is also a keen Hibs supporter. He is a member of Hawick Golf Club and plays darts for Jock Reid’s in the Hawick League.

Euan hopes to do Hawick proud and would like to wish townsfolk a “teesh Common-Riding”, and he looks forward to sharing his experiences wi’ Teries yin an’ a’.

By his side will be his Lass, Lisa McLean, the eldest daughter of Keith and Karen, of Fearnelea, Hartwoodburn, Selkirk. Lisa is a former pupil of St Joseph’s Primary and Selkirk High School, from where she went on to complete an SVQ III in racehorse management at Doncaster Racing School, working with racehorses until recently when she started as a secretary with her dad’s company, Keith McLean Carpets.

Lisa – who has a younger brother, Michael, who is in the Royal Navy, and a younger sister, Rachel, who is a child minder – first saddled up for Selkirk Common-Riding when she was nine years old. She is also a keen supporter at Hawick and has followed for many years.

The duties of Acting Father this year are entrusted to Stuart Sharkey, who, with his wife Caja, and daughters Lily, Lola and Ruby, reside in Liddesdale Crescent. Stuart went to Drumlanrig and the high school, before beginning his working life as a hand-intarsia knitter with W. Gladstone and Son. He went on to run his own carpet business for 15 years, and is now employed as transport supervisor with Emtelle. He is also well known in the town as the owner of Jock Reid’s bar in Drumlanrig Square since 2007.

A keen mounted supporter, Stuart first rode pony Mara in the cavalcade during Charlie McCrerie’s year in 1975.

Away from horses, his interests include boxing and football. He fought for Scotland against England in 1987 and was eastern district champion the same year. He also turned out for Hawick United and Hawick Waverley on the Border Amateur football scene and East of Scotland sides Hawick Royal Albert and Selkirk.

Acting Mother Caja has an HND in business management, and enjoys looking after their three children, as well as running the bar with Stuart.

Both Stuart and Caja are delighted and honoured to be part of Euan and Lisa’s special year.