Crowds turn out in Duns for new year's hunt
The historic Berwickshire Hunt held its traditional New Year meet in Duns on Monday.
A day later than tradition usually dictates, due to New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, the hunt filled Market Square where more than 60 mounted supporters were joined by a further good number on foot to see them off.
From horseback huntsman Richard Swan thanked everyone for turning out and gave mention of the expected difficulties facing the hunt this year following Lord Bonomy’s recent review. The hunt, the oldest in Scotland, was led by master huntsman and former Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania from Galashiels. He was alby assisted by Mr Swan and his fellow huntsmen Colin Aitchison, Louise Aitken Walker and Mike Ardnott. Riders enjoyed a Stirrup Cup and refreshments from the White Swan pub before the hunt around the Manderston House area.
Mr Mania hung up his saddle and retired from racing in November 2014 after which he joined the Braes of Derwent Hunt in Durham before taking up the post with the Berwickshire Hunt last year.
Among the riders on Monday was Lord-Lieutanant of Berwickshire Jeanna Swan.