Great support for Reiver and Reiver's Lass

THE 2010 Duns Summer Festival got off to a rather damp start on Sunday but the weather improved for the crowning of this year's Wynsome Mayde April-Lea Taylor on Monday.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:44 am

The festival kicked-off on Sunday with the traditional Kirkin' of the Reiver Richard Burns, Reiver's Lass Ruth Drummond, their attendants Billy Walker and Morag Poole and the Wynsome Mayde April-Lea in Duns Parish Church. A large congregation was joined by visiting principals from many other Borders festivals.

The service was conducted by the Rev Donald Gaddes who presented Richard, Ruth and April-Lea with a bible each.

Despite the rain the opening ceremony was held in the Market Square.

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Led by Duns Pipe Band, the Town Standard was brought in procession from the church. Standard bearer this year was ex-Reiver John Liddell and he was escorted by ex-Reivers John Aitchison and Scott Cullen.

President of the festival committee Ann Affleck then handed over the standard to Reiver Richard Burns who was entrusted with its safekeeping during the week. Reiver's Lass Ruth Drummond then 'bussed' the standard with this year's colours of Erin and Bishop.

Stuart Renton, chairman of the Duns Ex-Reivers' Association presented Richard and Ruth with riding crops as a momento of their year in office.

He also made a small presentation to the principals of 25 and 50 years ago - John Liddell and Hazel Learmonth (1985) and John Aitchison and Sheila Whitehead (1960).

Following the opening ceremony a reception was held in the Volunteer Hall.

Due to the wet weather the Family Fun Day, due to be held at Southfield Community Centre in the afternoon, had to be cancelled but the Family Cycle Run went ahead in the evening.

On Monday the Reiver's Party visited staff and patients at the Knoll Hospital and also visited residents at Station Court.

In the evening Duns Pipe Band led the procession as the Reiver's Party escorted Wynsome Mayde Elect April-Lea Taylor to the Public Park for her crowning ceremony.

There was a large turnout to witness the ceremony with April-Lea being crowned by Peggy Spouse MBE.

April-Lea's Maydes of Honour were Catherine Watson, Rona Fleming, Ailie Herbert and Kelsey Renton.

The other members of her court are: Herald - Stephen Brack. Sword-bearer - Connor Straiton. Crown-bearer - Ross Brodie. Courtier - Rene Miller. Pages - Mhairi Howey, Dan Feeney, Jessica Taylor and Daniel Ritchie.

Flower bearers - Martha Beattie, Christopher Warsopp, Sarah McPherson, Kieran Herbert, Demi Jones, George Rooke, Shannon Bates, Finlay Redpath, Lucy McPherson, Euan Taylor, Katana Evans, Euan Rhind, Abigail Bullard, Pavel Miller, Sophie Anderson, Connor Allan, Kayleigh Ferguson, Amber Moorhead, Chloe Seymour and Callum Rhind.

After the ceremony the Wynsome Mayde, Reiver, Reiver's Lass and their attendants laid wreaths at the War Memorial.

The crowning ceremony was followed by a mounted cavalcade around the town and the ever-popular bed race which this year attracted a record entry.

See next week's Berwickshire News for more pictures and results.