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Duns Reivers Week
Duns Reivers Week

THE 2012 Duns Summer Festival came to a successful, if rather damp, conclusion on Saturday night when Reiver Martin Aitchison handed back the Town Standard ‘unsullied and untarnished’’.

Reiver Martin, Reiver’s Lass Claire Whellans and their attendants Scott Lackenby and Iona Gibb, and Wynsome Mayde Abigail Sullivan, have proved great ambassadors for the town and can be justifiably proud of the way they carried out their duties throughout the week.

After handing back the standard and receiving their official rosettes Martin and Claire made emotional speeches thanking the people of Duns for their great support.

The closing ceremony was the culmination of a week of events which defied the weather and were well supported throughout.

Saturday’s rideout to Whitchester attracted almost 100 mounted followers but due to the weather the route had to be changed at the last minute.

All credit must go to chief marshall Ian Aitchison and his team for getting everyone ‘safe oot and safe in’ and thanks must also go to the land owners for their help on the day.

The weather just about remained dry for the Riding of the Bounds on Wednesday when Reiver Martin carried out the ceremony of cutting a sod at Harelaw Craigs on Duns Common.

A large crowd later welcomed the riders at Gavinton.

Duns Football Club defeated the Rugby Club to lift the John Thorburn Trophy and the Quiz Night was again a great success with Ex-Reiver Dougal Affleck’s team - ‘Three Jambos and a Tic’ - taking the honours.

On Thursday magician Chris Wish entertained the youngsters in the afternoon while the rideout to Longformacus was again well supported.

There was a good entry for the Fun Run although the weather did deteriorate a bit for the Torchlight Procession and firework display.

A new event in then opriogramme this year was a Whiteadder Angling Association’s junior fishing competition. This failed to attract any entries but the club are hoping to publicise the event more for next year and stage it for adults as well.

The Married Men emerged victors in the Hand Ba and Richard Lackenby won the final of the bowling competition beating Callum Donaldson 21-19 in the final.

The Reiver’s Dinner and Ball was a sell-out and those present danced the night away to music by Fahrenheit.

Saturday’s Carnival Parade went ahead as planned despite the rather damp conditions and once again was a great spectacle.

Trophy winners from events held throughout the week are as follows:

Ex-Reivers Trophy for 15 years and over at Gymkhana - Sharon Brown. Jubilee Trophy for best turned out pony and junior rider - Michael Kelly. David Lamb Memorial Trophy for best turned out horse and adult rider - Karen Anderson. Affleck Trophy for best turned out horse and teenage rider - Joanna Purvis. Youngest rider (Saturday) - Eve Nicholson (eight-years-old).

Barniken Shield for Bed Race winners - The Only Way is Duns. Commercial Travellers Cup for bowling - Richard Lackenby. Gents Darts Trophy - Stuart Whellans, runner-up - Kevin Renton. Ladies Darts Trophy - Wendy Steven, runner-up Ann Anderson. Thorburn Challenge Cup - Duns Football Club. Redpath Shield for Hand Ba’ - Married Men. Petlie Engraving Shield for Quiz Night winners - Three Jambos and a Tic.

Reiver’s Golf Trophy - Will Waddell. Reiver’s Lass Golf Trophy - Hilda Massie. Reiver Elliot Cup forbest float in fancy dress - Hillbillys Longformacus style. Best decorated shop window - Peter Chapman.