Frae a’ the airts

Selkirk Colonial Society is pleased to report that there will be a large number of returning ‘’exiles’’ and visitors from overseas at this year’s Common Riding. As usual our visitors will be introduced to the audience at the Annual Colour Bussin’ in the Victoria Hall on Wednesday 12th June which will then be followed by an Overseas Visitors Reception hosted by the Colonial Society. The Society would be delighted to learn of other exiles and overseas visitors who are planning to make the trip this year.

Countries represented in 2024 include –

New Zealand

This year’s Colonial Standard Bearer, Nick Buttner, is Australian by birth but he has lived in the UK and Singapore. On his mother’s side of the family, his grandfather was Selkirk born, as were both his great grandparents, so clearly very well qualified to represent the Society and the ‘’exiles’’. His mum, Helen, will buss the flag of the Society.

Programmes for the Colour Bussin’ Concert, price £3, are available from the Peony Rose, PO and Selkirk Distillers, or may be purchased at the door on the night.


We wish all our returning exiles and overseas visitors a memorable Common Riding and that Colonial Standard Bearer Nick Buttner has a large following ‘’doon the Green’’ before returning to the Market Place to cast his flag in the time-honoured fashion – Safe Oot, Safe In.