Duns Summer Festival a great success

DESPITE the mixed weather conditions the people of Duns turned out in force to support this year's Reiver's Party and Wynsome Mayde.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:06 am

On Saturday night an emotional Reiver Richard Burns handed back the Town Standard to festival committee president Ann Affleck after carrying out his duties successfully during the week. She then presented Richard and Reiver's Lass Ruth Drummond with their commemorative rosettes.

Richard and Ruth, and their attendants Billy Walker and Morag Poole, must be congratulated on their efforts. They did the town proud and appeared to thoroughly enjoy every event they attended.

They were also well supported on the ride-outs and on the Saturday ride to Whitchester had almost 100 followers including many visiting principals from other Borders common ridings and festivals.

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Despite the wet weather on Saturday evening the street party was again a great success with revellers undeterred by the rain and all enjoyed the music supplied by Richard West in the Market Square.

Festival president Ann Affleck said: "I think it was an extremely good week this year, the town turned out in force and supported all the events, despite the weather, and the street party on Saturday night was enjoyed by all. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, we have had no complaints.

The Reiver's Party did us proud and carried out their duties well. They were all exhausted by the end of the week. It was also great to see the Wynsome Mayde crowned in the lovely setting of the Park for the first time in years.

"The Volunteer Hall was used throughout the week and thank goodness we have the hall, we would not be able to manage without it. The Ball in particular was an outstanding success and was a sell out."

The various trophy winners from throughout the week were as follows:

Gymkhana - Robinshaw Trophy (Lead Rein) Abbey Lindsay, Ex-Reivers Trophy (10 years and under) Louise Hebdon, Duns Reiver Trophy (14 years and over) Dale Robertson.

Jubilee Trophy (Best Turned Out Junior) - Louise Hebdon. Smail Tophy (Ladies Gallop) - Anita Hughes. Reiver Renton Trophy (Gents Gallop) - Dale Robertson.

Buckle Trophy (Youngest Rider All Week) - Rebecca Buckley. Alan Blackie Shield (Oldest Rider All Week) - Catherine Feeney. Reiver Ruddy Trophy (Youngest Rider, Saturday) - Kayla Ruddy. Whitehead Trophy (Oldest Rider, Saturday) - Eddy Ruddy. Ann Robertson Trophy (Oldest Horse) Vikki Stebbings. David Lamb Memorial Trophy (Best Turned Out Horse, Wednesday) - Ian Aitchison.

Barniken Shield (Bed Race) - Duns Smurfs. Travellers Cup (Bowling) - Andrew Drummond. Redpath Shield (Gents Darts) - Darren Bohme. Ladies

Darts - Wendy Steven. Thorburn Cup (DRFC v DAFC) - DAFC.

Reivers Cup (Gents Golf) - Tommy Greive. Reivers Lass Rose Bowl (Ladies Golf) - Helen Ainslie. Wynsome Mayde Trophy (Junior Golf) - Patrick Anderson. Redpath Shield (Tennis) - Suzanne Dixon and Richard Amos.

Reiver Elliot Cup (Fancy Dress 1st Lorry) - Duns Oil Co. Petlie Engraving Cup Fancy Dress Most Entertaining Lorry) - Old MacDonald's Farm.

Quiz Night winners - Us Next To Them (Stuart Blaikie, Ian Renton, Sandy Brydon and John Bryce).

Best Decorated Street - Station Avenue. Best Decorated Window - Peter Chapman.

Art Exhibition: Winner of Torness Cup for best painting on show - Leda Hatrick. Winner of Sandra Hollands Trophy for best work by a member of Berwickshire Art Society Painting Group - Anne Poole.

See this week's Berwickshire News for our picture special.