Kelso to Kirk Yetholm Common Riding July 20 2013

The 'Laddie' leads the riders across the fields

The ‘Laddie’ leads the riders across the fields

The Scottish town of Kelso has a mass horse-riding event, established in 1937 by JohnScott provost of Kelso, as part of Kelso Civic Week.  It was inaugurated so that Kelso like many other Scottish Towns can have what is known as a Common Riding.

A ‘Laddie’ is nominated to lead the huge train of riders, and he and his followers ride from Kelso to Heiton, Stichill, Hume and Ednam, Floors, Morebattle and to Yetholm where they meet the Yetholm Principals, the Bara Gadgie and the Bara Manashee.

DSCF4415I happened to find myself in Kirk Yetholm on Saturday right in the middle of this rally.  Not knowing what was going on, I asked a local and he explained that the ride commemorates the return of the Scots from the Battle of Flodden with the news that the Scottish King and nobles had been killed in battle by the English armies.  As 2013 is the 500th Anniversary of Flodden, it felt particularly poignant to find myself part of this commemoration.

The riders snake down off the hills outside Kirk Yetholm

The riders snake down off the hills outside Kirk Yetholm

Crowds greet the Laddie and his followers

Crowds greet the Laddie and his followers

The gallop past 1

The gallop past 1

The gallop past 2

The gallop past 2

The gallop past 3

The gallop past 3

The gallop past 4

The gallop past 4

The gallop past 5

The gallop past 5

Local TV on the village green at Kirk Yetholm

Local TV on the village green at Kirk Yetholm

The Mayor waiting to greet the riders

The Mayor waiting to greet the riders

The Riders reach Kirk Yetholm

The Riders reach Kirk Yetholm

big horse, little horse!

big horse, little horse!

Heading for the village green

Heading for the village green

Gathering on the green for speeches and a traditional song from the Laddie

Gathering on the green for speeches and a traditional song from the Laddie

Local TV crews

Local TV crews packing up

The end!

The end!

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