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Selkirk Common Riding


Selkirk commemorates and celebrates it’s history at the annual Common Riding, held on the second Friday after the first Monday in June, when the town’s boundaries or ‘marches’ are ridden. Usually in the region of 300-400, Selkirk boasts one of the largest cavalcade of horses and riders in Europe.. The climax of the day involves the town’s Standard Bearer and Crafts and Associations Standard Bearers casting their colours in Selkirk’s Ancient Market Place.

Common Riding Day Time table

4.00 a.m. Rouse Parade, Flute Band preambles town wakening in turn Standard Bearer and Provost;

5.30 a.m. Act of Remembrance, Ex-Soldiers at War Memorial;

6.00 a.m, First Drum Silver Band play round the town;

6.15 a.m. Exiles’ Song ‘Her Bright Smile’ at County Hotel;

6.30 a.m. Foot Procession arrives at Victoria Halls, riders assemble in Back Row;

6.45 a.m. Installation of Standard Bearer and Bussin’ of Royal Burgh Flag on balcony of Victoria Hall;

6.55 a.m. Procession Forms and marches to Market Place;
Second Drum 7.00 a.m. Procession moves off ‘down the Green’;

7.30 a.m. Riders ford River Ettrick;

7.45 a.m. Riders in Linglie Glen;

8.45 a.m. Riders at Summit of Three Brethern;

9.00 a.m. Procession re-forms in Market Place and leaves for Shawburn Toll;

9.20 a.m. At the Toll, community singing led by bands until – 9.40 a.m. (approx.) Coming in of the Burley and riders return;

10.15 a.m. (approx.) Procession re-forms again and returns to Market Place via Bleachfield Road and High Street;

11.00 a.m. (approx) Casting of the Colours;

11.10 a.m. (approx.) Two Minutes Silence;

11.15 a.m. (approx.) Return of the Burgh Flag “unsullied and untarnished” and end of ceremonial.


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