Duns Summer Festival 2018 will long be remembered for the glorious weather and community spirit it enjoyed from beginning to end.
“We had a grand week, the weather was fine and everything went to plan,” said Reiver Stuart Burns. “It couldn’t have gone any better.
“It was absolutely brilliant and so was the support from my family and friends and the people of Duns. I didn’t realise there were that many people in Duns! It passed in a blur and I wish I could go back and do it all again.”
For Stuart his best memories of the week was the support he received and carrying the flag up Cockburn Hill to the Duns Law ceremony (the mustering point for the Covenanting army in 1639 before they faced King Charles I’s army encamped at Berwick).
Stuart’s father Andrew and brother Richard both carried the flag up Cockburn Hill as past Reivers and there was strong support for Stuart throughout the week. His cousin Nicolle was Reiver’s Lass and nine family members rode to Whitchester on Saturday as part of the 125 strong cavalcade.
“Stuart, Nicolle, Fiona and Josh and the Wynsome Mayde party proved to be superb ambassadors for Duns,” said festival chairman Iain Lothian.
From the opening ceremony on Sunday to the closing ceremony in Market Square the following Saturday, when the Reivers party and Wynsome Mayde handed back their sashes having led Duns in another successful summer festival, the principals were a shining example of why Duns Dings A’.
When it came to getting the party started Duns came up with the perfect solution- the Wynsome Mayde and her maydes.
Wynsome Mayde Murren Preston and her maydes Lottie Redpath, Katie Royan, Ellen Massie and Morgan Renton, threw themselves enthusiastically into every Duns Summer Festival event they attended, and Wynsome Mayde convenor Sarah Watson said: “They were fantastic. They embraced it totally and their parents took part as well.
“They had a full itinerary and were non-stop from Sunday through to the Saturday.”
The big day for the Mayde and her party came on Monday for her crowning ceremony at Duns Castle but whether they were centre of attention or cheering on the Reiver’s party from the sidelines their energy levels remained high and their enthusiasm never wavered.
“Well done girls you have done yourselves, your parents and the town proud,” added Sarah.
“The week is over but the memories will last a lifetime and we will never forget your Mexican wave (it became a regular sight at every ride-out).
“They visited Gavinton and Longformacus and the Knoll where they sang ‘Duns Dins A’ and you could see the patients got a lot out of it. They got on really well with the Reivers party and they just had fun.”
Ride-outs are an integral part of Duns Summer Festival and competition for a number of trophies was strong.
Jubilee Trophy for best turned out junior - Maisie Douglas; Affleck Trophy for best turned out teen - Hollie Rutherford; David Lamb Memorial Trophy for best turned out adult on the Wednesday ride - Colin Aitchison.
Smail Trophy for ladies gallop - Claire Leich; Reiver Renton Trophy for gents gallop - Dale Robertson; Tankard for ex-principals gallop - Kevin Aitchison; Buckle Trophy for youngest rider all week - Josh Herbert; Alan Blackie Trophy for oldest rider all week - Alex Watson; Reiver Ruddy Trophy for youngest rider on Saturday to Whitchester - Jamie Wilson, aged 7 years; Whitehead Trophy for the oldest rider to Whitchester on Saturday - Doug Redpath, aged 80 years; The Ann Robertson Trophy for the oldest horse - Skip (28 years old) owned by Gemma Dodds.
Barniken Shield (bed race) - Ant and Decs Car Crash; Travellers Cup (bowling) - Davie Patterson; Redpath Shield (darts) - Richard Lackenby; Reivers Cup (golf) - Jason Lugget; Reivers Lass Rosebowl (ladies golf) - Diane Johnston; Wynsome Mayde Trophy (juniors golf) - Aaron Kenneally; Redpath Shield (Hand Ba’) - The Over 25s; The Redpath Shield for tennis - Andrew Tait and Liz Dixon; Petlie Shield for the quiz - Four Must Get Beers.
Reiver Elliot Cup for Fancy Dress (lorries) - Little Mermaid; Spot the Cuckoo - Morgan Burns, Jamie Lindsay, and Izzy & Jacob Knighton; best decorated shop - Albany Vinyard; Walking Treasure Hunt - Fantastic Five/Duns Dingbats; best decorated street - Station Drive.