New principal riders installed at ceremony
Bethany Innes has been installed as chief marshal for the 408th staging of the Riding of the Bounds next month.
Her lead role was confirmed at a sashing ceremony in Berwick town hall on Saturday night.
Last year’s chief marshal, Rachel Martin, is left hand man and newcomer Rebecca Allan makes up the principal trio as right hand man.
Berwick-based maltster Simpsons Malt continues its partnership with the Berwick Riders Association as main sponsor.
The annual event is a celebration of the traditional 15-mile ride to check the security of the boundaries of the town, with a procession of horsemen rekindling 17th century tradition with modern pageantry.
Following on from the success of the 2016 event, the sponsorship provided by Simpsons Malt will go towards riding lessons and horse hire for the 2017 Berwick team.
Shaun Eltringham, from the Berwick Riders Association, said: “The support from Simpsons Malt is paramount to keeping the Riding of the Bounds tradition alive. Not only does the money help us to fund the riders taking part but also the association with a local business helps us to spread the word. We hope to see lots of new faces at the 2017 event.”
Simpsons Malt vice-chairman Richard Simpson explains: “The traditional event, dating back to 1550, is a huge draw for the town and one that we are very proud to be a part of for the second year running. We know our support of the event will help to keep it alive for generations to come and hopefully help to encourage more riders to take part.
“As a family business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, we are keen to be a part of the development of culture in the local area and we hope with our support more people, including those who do not currently ride or own their own horse, will take part in the event in years to come.”
The event is free to attend and starts at 9am on Saturday, April 29.