Reiver Martin is following in family footsteps

Installation ceremony for the 2012 Duns Reiver
Installation ceremony for the 2012 Duns Reiver

THE 2012 Duns Summer Festival principals were installed into office at a ceremony held in the town’s Market Square on Friday evening.

A large crowd braved the rather damp weather to hear this year’s Reiver and Reiver’s Lass and their attendants and Wynsome Mayde elect officially announced.

The new Summer Festival committee president Stuart Renton was introduced by committee chairman Ronald Drummond and Stuart performed the official sashing. This year’s party are from families steeped in the common riding traditions.

Reiver is 25-year-old Martin Aitchison. Martin works with John Thorburn and Sons and his brother Kevin was Reiver in 2006. His grandmother Molly Aitchison was Reiver’s Lass in 1952 and celebrates her diamond anniversary this year. Martin also has an aunt, two great uncles and a great aunt who were Reiver and Reiver’s Lass and his dad Ian is well known as chief marshall.

Reiver’s Lass this year is 22-years-old Claire Whellans who was an attendant last year. Claire is originally from Chirnside but moved to Duns in 2006. She works at the Coldstream Health Centre.

This year’s attendants are 23-year-old Scott Lackenby, Reiver Martin’s cousin, and 20-year-old Iona Gibb.

Scott, who works with C.F. Inkpen, has an aunt, great aunt and cousins who have held the position of Reiver and Reiver’s Lass while Iona works with Melrose and Porteous and her mother Barbara was Reiver’s Lass in 1978 and her dad Kenny was an attendant in 1979 and 1980. Iona also has an aunt, great aunt and great uncle who were Reiver and Reiver’s Lass while her grandmother Jean Smith was an attendant in 1959.

The Wynsome Mayde elect is Abigail Sullivan and her maids of honour are Emily Redpath, Amber Moorhead, Rachel Gray, Leona Rhind. Abigail will be crowned by Pat Scott from Gavinton during the festival week (July 1-7).

Stuart Renton said: “This year’s party are very enthusiastic and will work very well together to do Duns proud.”