| Other Borders Appearances
Their first public appearance takes place, usually in May,
on Spurs Night when the Selkirk Standard Bearer visits the
town to be meet by the official party Galafoot. The cavalcade
returns to stirrup cup, which is provided by Gala Y.M. Rugby
Club. Afterwards the official party proceed to a dinner where
the Braw Lad and Selkirk Standard Bearer are presented with
spurs and the Braw Lass with a compact and are entertained
by the Gala Souters' Association.
The next official ride-out is to Threepwood, usually near
the end of May where the Braw Lad, Braw Lass and Attendants
meet the Lauder Cornet, his Lass and supporters to exchange
friendly greetings. This meeting takes place in the evening
and is a popular ride for the followers on horseback. After
the ceremonies, all adjourn to Lauder where the celebrations
continue into the night. At midnight the young representatives
from both towns take part in a reel in the town centre.
By the time the Common Riding season is in full swing our
young people will have taken part in 'Picking Nights', and
'Declaration Nights' as far off as Musselburgh and Langholm
with all the Borders towns in between. Many lasting friendships
are made at these events.
Our principals' first Border Common Riding takes place at
Hawick on the Friday after the first Monday in June. Selkirk
Common Riding follows a week later, which is then followed
by Peebles and Melrose. All these events are well attended
by the people of their town and many fellow Borderers.
Next: The Weekend Prior to
Braw Lads' Week