Duns Festival glows with pride and honour

Picture: Yid Photography
Picture: Yid Photography

Emotions ran high as another successful Duns Summer Festival came to a close on Saturday night.

There were tears as Reiver Ross Foreman, Reiver’s Lass Lauren Burns and their attendants Darren Aitchison and Stacey Wilson, brought the curtain down on a week of festivities.

Both Ross and Lauren told the large gathering in Duns Market Square of their pride and honour at being the town’s festival principals and how the week had produced memories which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Ross returned the town standard to festival president Doug Repdath “unsullied and tarnished” as promised and said he had carried out his duties to the best of his ablity.

After presenting Ross and Lauren with their official rosettes Doug said that they had been superb ambassadors for the town, both during the week and at other Borders festivals and common ridings.

The main trophies for competitions held throughout the week were then presented before Duns Pipe Band led the town standard in procession back to Duns Parish Church for safekeeping.

The proceedings brought to an end what had been a very successful closing day of the festival.

In the morning 142 riders supported Reiver Ross on his ride to Whitchester and in the evening there was an excellent turnout for the fancy dress parade.

Following the very successful start to the week the remainder of events on the programme were well attended and supported.

Last Wednesday afternoon the Reiver’s party visited Mount View before looking in at the kids’ fancy dress disco in the Volunteer Hall. The church hall was also very busy for the traditional strawberry teas.

Over 70 riders took part in the traditional Riding of the Bounds. Reiver Ross was charged to carry out the token ceremony of cutting a sod at Harelaw Craigs on Duns Common.

The Reiver’s party and Wynsome Mayde and her attendants visited Duns Castle where they conveyed to the Hay familty the respects of the inhabitants of Duns.

It was then on to Gavinton at the invitation of the Gavinton Village Hall Committee.

There were almost 1,700 ducks for the duck race organised by the Duns Ex-Reivers Association. A good crowd turned out in the sun to watch the drama unfold at Langton Mill ford.

Duns Amateur Football Club and Duns Rugby Club battled it out on the football pitch for the John Thorburn Challenge Cup and the quiz night was again well supported with 25 teams taking part.

On Thursday magician Ron Ray entertained with an afternoon of magic, disco dancing, balloon modelling and much more, in the Volunteer Hall.

Around 40 horses set out for the Longformacus ride and there was a good turnout to welcome the riders when they arrived at the village.

The fun run attracted a good entry and while the runners were away Duns Pipe Band entertained in the Market Square.

The torchlight procession and fireworks display brought Thursday’s programme to a close.

The Wynsome Mayde hosted a free swim in Duns Pool on Friday morning and in the afternoon Duns Rugby Club’s “Dingers Fun” rugby and sports event proved very popular.

In the evening the hand ba provided an opportunity for the town’s married and single men to display their rivalry.

There were a good number of visiting principals showing their suppoprt for the Reiver at the ball on Friday evening. Music was supplied by The Wee Small Hours.