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Bounds photos are wanted for new exhibition

Current right-hand man Ed Swales will be installed as Chief Marshal at a Sashing event in April before the May 1st Riding of the Bounds

Current right-hand man Ed Swales will be installed as Chief Marshal at a Sashing event in April before the May 1st Riding of the Bounds

The principals for this year’s Riding of the Bounds will be formally appointed to their positions at a sashing ceremony on Saturday, April 5.

It will see Ed Swales, regimental secretary of the KOSB Association, installed as chief marshal for the 405th staging of one of Berwick’s oldest traditions.

Berwick Riders Association are also holding an open day/coffee morning in the Guildhall from 10am to 3pm to promote the event.

They particularly want people to bring along any Bounds related photos and paper clippings/magazines along for an exhibition being staged on the day.

Association member David McClymont said: “We’d love people to come along with artefacts, old photographs and material relating to the Bounds.

“The aim, with the help of Linda Bankier from Berwick Archive Office, is to create a living history exhibition on the day.”

There will also be various stalls, a tombola and Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels in attendance, along with information about becoming a friend, sponsor and also filling out the permit forms for the ride.

The association are also running a raffle but prizes are still needed. Any businesses who could help out with prizes, from meal vouchers to gifts and hampers, should get in touch with Steph McDonald, secretary of Berwick Riders Association, via email berwickbounds@hotmail.co.uk.

From 5pm, guests and principals of Border towns will start to gather in the town centre. At 5.40pm Nancy Steel’s dancers will be providing entertainment on the town hall steps.

At 5.50pm there will be a piper-led procession of principals along Marygate with the sashing ceremony on the town hall steps at 6pm. There will be a formal drinks reception in the Guildhall afterwards following by evening get together in Barrels Ale House from 8pm.

The Riding of the Bounds, a celebration of the traditional 15-mile ride to check the security of the boundaries of the town, takes place on Thursday, May 1, leaving Marygate at 11am.

 

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