Excellent turnouts and glorious weather blessed each and every event of Yetholm Festival week.
Bari Gadgi Joseph Mallen and Bari Manushi Amberlie Allan were the principals tasked with leading last week’s games, competitions and social evenings.
And on Wednesday night, 129 riders followed the pair to Stob Stanes to see Stuart Smith carry on the tradition started in 1983 by his father Tom, of reading a poem and inviting each rider to dust the stone with petals while making a wish.
He said: “It is written in our history that gypsy kings were crowned on this very spot, and this area is steeped in history and traditions with ancient customs, signs, ceremonies, rights and rituals.
“Be aware that such is the power of this ancient site that you will be drawn back here in years to come.”
He read the traditional Stob Stanes poem before urging riders to “make your wishes with due reverence”.
John McFee was the youngest rider, and the best-turned-out prizes went to Imogen Gillie and Poppi Shepherd.
On Saturday, 1,000 ducks raced down the Bowmont Water, marking the annual duck race’s 30th anniversary.
Children displayed their artistic talents in the form of handmade boats and decorated ducks before enjoying an afternoon of sports and entertainment in the park.
The Bari Gadgi said: “Everybody was chuffed with Wednesday’s turnout. We had visiting principals from Kelso, Duns and Coldstream, which was great, and I saw parts of Yetholm I don’t think I had ever seen before. Every event was really well supported.
“The weather certainly helps, and everybody enjoyed themselves at the family day.”
Festival chairwoman Susan Stewart said: “Thank you to everyone in the village for their support throughout a sun-filled week.
“Joseph and Amberlie were so enthusiastic, and their fabulous smiles were noted and commented on by many throughout the week.”
Full Festival Week results were as follows:-
Ladies Darts - Beth Hamer
Runner up - Anne Yeomans
Quiz Nigaht winning team - Bettys Crew
Mixed Darts Winner Raymond Yeomans and Nicola Collin
Runner Up Jonathan and Zoe Keddie Dixon
Dominoes winner - Zoe Keddie- Dixon
Runner Up- Marilyn Stormont
Mens darts winner - John Scott
Runner Up - Barry Morrison
Car Treasure Hunt - Murray’s Crew
Quoits Winner - Singles – Kevin Richardson. Runner Up – Dougie Hope
Pairs – Winner -Wullie Mallen and Cameron Coulson. Runner Up – Tommy Grieve and Ian Currie
Pool Competition winner - Kelly Bonnington Runner Up Ewan Cameron
Le Boule winners - Barry Morrison, Mick and Helen Younger
Runners Up - Amberlie Allan, Denise and Steve Allan
Beetle Drive Adult Winner – Sarah Butler, Runner Up – Barry Morrison
Child Winner – Alex Redpath, Runner Up – Emma Smail
Best Drawn Beetle – Harry Hamer
Stob Stanes rideout:
Youngest Rider - John McFee
Best Turned Out Horse and Rider under 16 - Imogen Gillie
Best Turned Out Horse and Rider Overall - Poppi Shepherd
Oldest Rider - Doug Redpath
Ex-principal Trophy - Fraser Hastie
Duck Race winners: 1 Ian Blain; 2 Pippa Rollinson and 3 Lucy Younger
Best Boat – Jack Lee
Boat race- 1 Callie Cameron; 2 Abigail Butler and 3 Josh Dickson.
Best Dressed Duck - Shannon Cruddas (P3)
30th Anniversary Duck Race - Ellwood Cooper
All Round Personality -Boy - Jack Lee and girl- Orla Thomson
Patrons Cup - James Hastie