Emotional climax to another great week at Duns

Duns Reivers week
Duns Reivers week

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

Following a difficult spell for the Summer Festival Committee they could not have hoped for a better week. All the events were well attended and the weather - well most of the time - remained fine.

In the Market Square on Saturday night a very emotional and tearful Reiver Darren Aitchison handed back the Town Standard to festival president Doug Redpath and it was marched back in procession to Duns Parish Church. Reiver Darren and Reiver’s Lass Stacey Wilson were then presented with their official rosettes by the festival chairman Ann Lindsay.

Reiver Darren, Reiver’s Lass Stacey and their attendants Euan Reed and Jade Whellans have been superb ambassadors for Duns at the other Borders common ridings and festivals but it was their turn last week and they truly did a great job.

Reflecting on the problems the festival faced in the run up to the actual week, chairman Ann Lindsay thanks everyone who contributed financially.

She added: “As you know we had a financial problem just prior to our week beginning, very many townspeople and also people from further afield came forward and offered us financial assistance. For this we are truly grateful to each and every one of you, without you there would have been no amazing week, I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“We also received a number of grants to help us and we must thank these people individually: Scotish Borders Council-Annual Festival Grant £3,300, Scottish Borders Council Support Grant £5,000, Blackhill Wind Farm £2,000, CELCA-Lammermuir Community Fund £2,000, BAVS £1,000, Duns Rotary £1,000, we thank you so much for these grants, it was invaluable. We also received a donation of £1,100 from Edinburgh firm Threebrand, who have a very small link with the town but the donation helped a great deal.”

At the closing ceremony the following trophies were presented.

Gymkhana: Robinshaw Trophy (lead rein) - Jack Royan; Ex-Reivers Tankard (10 years and under) - Katie Royan and Maisie Lindsay; Reiver Young Trophy (11-15 years) - Sandy McLean; Duns Reiver Trophy (15 years and over) - Louise Aitken-Walker.

Best Turned Out: Jubilee Trophy (junior) - Keiran Dodds; Affleck Quaich (teen) - Emily Redpath; David Lamb Memorial (adult) - Gina Walker.

Gallops: Smail Trophy (ladies) - Carolyn Allison; Reiver Renton Trophy (gents) - Dale Robertson.

Age Trophies: Buckle Trophy (youngest rider all week) - Katie Royan; Alan Blackie Trophy (oldest rider all week) - Ian Aitchison; Reiver Ruddy Trophy (youngest rider on Saturday) - Frances Cromarty; Sheila Whitehead Memorial Trophy (oldest rider on Saturday) - Doug Redpath; Ann Robertson Trophy (oldest horse) - Shamrock (24), Kimmerston Riding Centre.

Competitions: Bed Race, Barniken Shield - Young Farmers; Gents darts, Redpath Shield - Callum Donaldson; Bowling, Travellers Cup - David Patterson; Football DRFC v DAFC, Thorburn Cup - Duns RFC; Gents golf, Reiver’s Cup - Steven Blaikie; Ladies golf – Ladies Reiver’s Lass Rosebowl - Veronica Paterson; Juniors Golf, Wynsome Mayde Trophy - Callum Paxton; Hand Ba’, Redpath Shield - Over 25s; Tennis, Redpath Shield - Chris Jackson and Sharron King; Quiz, Petlie Engraving Shield - The PFOs; Yid Photography photo competition - Stuart Anderson; Fancy Dress best lorry, Reiver Elliot Cup - Minecraft; Spot the Cuckoo - Jenna Bullard, Tyra Dewar and Millie and Theo McManus; Best Decorated Street - Berrywell Drive; Best Decorated Window - Albany Vineyard.