The principals for this year’s Riding of the Bounds have been formally appointed at a sashing ceremony in Berwick town hall.
Ed Swales takes over the reigns as chief marshal for the 405th staging of one of Berwick’s oldest traditions, with Louise Taylor stepping into the role of left hand man and Lorraine Fiddes coming in as right hand man.
Ed is well versed in the traditions of the Riding of the Bounds, having taken part on many occasions and riding the length of the English-Scottish border in advance of the 2012 ride.
He said: “Receiving the chief marshal’s sash is a very special occasion and for the ceremony to be so well attended by representatives from Berwick makes the honour that bit more special, in the inspiring setting of the Guildhall.
“I am delighted to represent Berwick throughout the Borderland as chief marshal this year. It was also wonderful to welcome principals from Duns, Coldstream, West Linton, Sanquhar and Kirkudbright.”
Ed should feel right at home on the big day. As regimental secretary of the KOSB Association, he is based at Berwick Barracks where the horses and riders gather to take the stirrup cup before setting of on their journey.
Ross Foreman, Duns Reiver, will set out later this month from Gretna to attempt the Borderers’ Challenge, riding to Berwick in time for the Bounds Riding on May 1.
“I would like to wish him and his horse a safe journey,” said Ed. “I’d also like to thank Louise Taylor as left hand and to welcome Lorraine Fiddes as incoming right hand. And huge thanks as always to the sponsors, friends and farmers who help us to continue this great Berwick tradition each year.”
Berwick Riders Association held an open day in the Guildhall prior to the sashing ceremony on Saturday with an exhibition of Bounds photographs and memorabilia on display. The sashing took place on the town hall steps after a march down Marygate.
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.