Riders going the extra mile to put town on the map

Preparations are being made to make this year's Berwick Riding of the Bounds extra special.

Saturday, 10th February 2018, 7:38 am
Berwick Riding of the Bounds principals.

The event, being held on Saturday, May 5, is one of the town’s most ancient traditions and Berwick Riders Association is working hard to ensure the occasion is celebrated.

“This is an important part of our heritage,” said committee chairman Jude Eltringham.

“The origins of the ride even go as far back as Robert the Bruce. We need to ensure that this event grows and continues for many generations to come and our aim is to involve the whole community in future events.

“We are planning an even bigger event this year with street entertainment on the day, provided by local groups and organisations. Marygate will have decorative bunting and a few more surprises to welcome visitors to the town.”

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They hope the fact this year’s rideout is on a bank holiday weekend will attract more riders and spectators.

Livery has been arranged at a local yard for riders travelling to take part on the day and discounts are being arranged for people staying in local accommodation and visiting local eateries.

The extremely popular Chain Bridge Honey Farm double decker bus for friends and sponsors is set to make a return, together with a regular coach for non-riders.

A host of fund-raising events has been arranged. The next one is a bag pack at Tesco on February 24.

The next social event will be the sashing of the principals in the Guildhall on March 24, from 5.30pm. There will be a procession led by Rebecca Allan, the new chief marshal, down Marygate to the Guildhall. The identity of the new Right Hand Man will be revealed before continuing into the Guildhall for a celebratory event which is open to all.

Visit www.berwickridersassociation.co.uk for more information.