A week to be proud of

Reivers party return to Duns following rideout
Reivers party return to Duns following rideout

It got off to a flying start and the status quo was maintained for the whole of Duns Reiver’s Week with bumper crowds basking in warm sunshine at a wide range of events.

For every Reiver their year in office is obviously a special one but Scott Lackenby must be heartily grateful to mother nature for blessing his Reiver’s Week with some mighty fine weather.

The sun shone down on his installation in Duns Market Square on the first day and was there once again when he handed the town standard back at Saturday’s closing ceremony.

After earlier events like the well attended Wynsome Mayde and the hilarious Bed Race had brought out both the sun and large crowds, Reiver’s Week’s later events had a tough act to follow.

But Thursday’s Longformacus Ride, 5k fun run and Torchlight Procession did not disappoint.

A rider was taken to hospital after a fall in the ride up to the hills but fortunately they only received minor injuries and were back resting up at home the next day.

And then once the riding party, including the Reiver, Reiver’s lass Iona Gibb, Right Hand Man Ross Foreman and Right Hand Lass Lauren Burns, had arrived back into the Market Square safely there was just enough time for them to take a breather before it was time for them to lead the annual torchlight procession.

Although always a big highlight of Reiver’s Week, the night time parade was boosted no end by the weather with an army of flames making its way along South Street and Langtongate up to the old high school where the evening ended with a bang quite literally with a firework display.

Friday brought even more fine conditions although it’s highly probable the competitors in the hand ba’ would have given it their all come rain or shine. After a hard fought contest it was the married men (over-25s) who emerged victorious before they smartened up in time for the Reiver’s dinner and ball.

The final day of events brought things to a near perfect end.

Blue skies greeted both the Whichester Ride and the carnival parade and then like during the rest of the week, there were high spirits a plenty at the closing street party.

It’s a phrase uttered many times during the event but after a fantastic seven days Duns definitely dings a’.