Thank you all for great event
Congratulations to the new chief marshal Rachel Martin and the right hand man Bethany Innes. This sees the beginning of a great year for you both. You will be in the safe knowledgeable company of left hand man Lorraine Fiddes, who enters her final year as a Berwick principal. You carried out the ride with professionalism, well done girls.
I would like to thank the following members of the Berwick community for their support in making 2016 one of the best Riding of the Bounds ever:–
The new committee and members who stepped in at short notice for their enthusiasm in building the ride to a more inclusive event.
David Francis for his words of wisdom and kindness, Christine for her advice and knowledge, Starky, Lorraine and Shaun for their hours of walking the route, moving obstacles and performing repairs prior to the ride in the most horrible weather – all of whom share a vision for the town. We are lucky to be the custodians of such a wonderful town steeped in history.
The town council for its support, belief and financial contribution and commitment for the future.
The many local businesses who have come on board, and the many more groups and individuals who want to be part. Simpsons for its support on the day and its sponsorship deal to get the Berwick principals into saddles across the borders.
Northumbria Police for giving up days off to ensure assistance. Sergeant Steve Crane for whom this was his last official ride, but has said he is happy to join the team next year.
The cubs and scouts for singing with such enthusiasm, and their leaders and parents for making their attendance possible. The army cadets who carried the flags with absolute professionalism.
Historic England for the use of the Barracks square. Northumberland County Council for car park and road closures. A1 Woodhorn for the Berwick Museum access.
The young riders for taking part, and the brothers and sisters who, too young to ride, followed by bus. These young people are the future and it was fantastic to see them there. The usual big red bus from Chain Bridge Honey Farm was unavailable, but thanks to the support of Willie Robson who organised Glen Valley Coaches. Thanks to Glen Valley and its drivers for working a bank holiday weekend at short notice.
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The men and women who volunteered to marshal on foot, quads and by horse under the supervision of Shaun, Tony and Billy. For many it was their first year, but all have signed up for next year.
The support from other towns and riders in saying that the ride was well organised and a great day out. The many individuals who took hundreds of photos, and the families who followed by car for the first time – welcome, and we hope to see you all again next year.
Michael Herriot and Jim Evans from the Freeman Guild who have wholeheartedly offered their support to the future of the ride. The Freemen’s trustees, land owners and tenants for allowing the horses to cross their land.
Our MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan who turned up to show her support, the civic party for their attendance, and the county council representative, her escort and her deputy.
We realise that as a new committee this was a very sharp learning curve and the persistent wet weather threw up problems with parking.
There was one faller who was slightly injured, and one of the two St John Ambulances transported her to Melrose for observation. This allowed the ride to continue with the second ambulance and crew. She had concussion, but was released the same day and will make a full recovery.
All in all, it has been a great success, and an event which the town can be proud of and build on for the future.