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Annan Riding of the Marches 2004

Report on Annan R.O.M. Day 2004
by Kevin Edgar

On Saturday the 3rd July a cavalcade of around 84 riders led by Jim Hodgson carrying the Standard, (standing in for the previously injured Standard Bearer Dick Mossop) and accompanied by Chief Marshall J P Barty, Cornet Stuart Hamilton and Cornet’s Lass Melanie Jones set off from the Town Hall to Waterfoot and onto the shore.

The guidance of the local fishermen proved invaluable as adverse weather greeted the riders as they filed onto the sand. The weather improved as the cavalcade made their way from Battlehill, Creca, Williamwood, Landheads and back to the Everholm for the Chases at midday.

The boy “skelped” through the Hole in the Hedge ceremony at Landheads was Aiden Rose.

The chase winners were as follows: Juvenile - Miss Jamie Willacy, Juvenile – Miss Melissa Miller, Cornet Lass’s – Margaret Kane, Cornet’s Chase – Adrian Kane , Open Chase - Julie Maxwell (Dumfries) and the male and female best turned out on the High Street at 7.45am was judged to be 6 year old Niamh Dobbie, (Cummertrees) and Craig Anderson (Carruthertown).

The 2004 Queen of the Border Miss Naomi Smith led another impressive parade with the display of 18 decorated floats and around 95 children in fancy dress.

The Pride of Procession this year going to The Dallas Productions float from Annan, The Rotary Cup went to Cummertrees Youth Club, the Lower Annandale Trophy went to Annan Old Parish Church, and the children’s winner was the Wizard of Oz. The Best Drum Major was once again won by John McQueen from Dumfries.

The combination of the large crowds that turned out to view the parade and the sunshine appearing meant a larger than usual attendance at the Annan Academy Sports fields to view this years entertainment which included a Wild West Horse Display, The Blue Arrows Motorcycle Display Team and The Golden Lions Freefall Parachutists and of course the annual Pipe Band competitions consisting of 21 bands from all over.

At 5.45 pm the handing back of the Standard ceremony and presentation of trophies took place with 20 pipe bands marching up the High Street culminating in another marvellous finale to the day’s events.

Cavalcade leads the parade 2004
PICTURED ABOVE: Cavalcade leads the parade 2004.

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Scenes from 2004 taken by Kelly

Principals toast at Creca:

Principals toast at Creca

Tony Turner ROM President presents the traditional snuff at Landheads:

traditional snuff at Landheads

The 2004 Principals at the sashing ceremony on 12 March 2004 - Stuart Hamilton (The Cornet), Melanie Jones (Cornet's Lass), Richard Mossop (Standard Bearer) and Naomi Smith (The Queen of the Border)

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