Courtnay flies the flag for Berwick

More than 80 horses and riders braved the cold weather to carry out one of Berwick’s oldest traditions on Saturday.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 08 May, 2019, 14:57
Berwick chief marshal Courtnay Grey. Picture by Jane Coltman

The 410th Riding of the Bounds, a 15-mile patrol of the town’s ancient boundaries to check where Scotland ends and England begins, attracted large crowds to the town centre.

Chief marshal Courtnay Grey led the way from the Barracks to the town hall steps, supported by left hand man Victoria Irwin, where she received permission from Mayor Brian Douglas to carry out the ride.

They will now represent the town at common ridings across the Borders over the summer.

Berwick Riders Association, posting on Facebook, wrote: ‘Courtnay you did an amazing job and have done your town proud. Now you get to relax and enjoy the rest or your year!

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‘Thank you to anyone who has supported us and helped us to make this ride such a success. We hope everyone had a fantastic day.’

A new and improved route was used this year to get the riders off some of the busy roads.

Special thanks were given to ride liaison officer Lorraine Stark, Steve Lowdon and his team of foot marshals and the mayor for his help behind the scenes.