Annan Riding of the Marches 2005
At 8am on Saturday 2 July a cavalcade of around 92 riders led by John Armstrong carrying the Standard, and accompanied by Chief Marshal Jim Hodgson, Cornet David Hogg and Cornet’s Lass Ashley Robbins set off from the Town Hall and onto the Everholm.
The horses were fresh and some were seen to be jumping the white painted lines on the football pitches which caused some riders to be unseated. After a delay the cavalcade then made their way to Landheads, the boy “skelped” through the Hole in the Hedge ceremony at Landheads was Cameron Martin.
Next was Williamwood, Creca, the belted stane and for the first time the riders stop was on Chapelcross old aerodrome. After refreshments it was down through Stapleton, Woodhead, and the shore at Battlehill, the tide was in so it was along the road past Sandhills, along Port Street and back to the Everholm for the Chases at midday.
The 2005 Queen of the Border Miss Sammy Smith led another well supported and impressive parade with the display of 14 decorated floats and around 95 children in fancy dress.
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 The Heavens Above High Wire Act, Rudi Wallenda’s Comedy Car and The Golden Lions Freefall Parachutists and of course the annual Pipe Band competitions consisting of bands from all over the region.
At 5.45 pm the handing back of the Standard ceremony and presentation of trophies took place with 16 pipe bands marching up the High Street culminating in another marvellous finale to the day’s events.
The 2005 chase winners:- Juvenile, Logan Creighton
- Juvenile, Miss Chelsea Barnes
- Cornet Lass’s, Margaret Kane
- Cornet’s Chase, Adrian Kane
- Open Chase, Michael Ruddi (Duns)
The 2005 parade winnersThe male and female best turned out on the high street at 7.45am was judged to be 12 year old Miss Melissa Miller, (Annan) and David Stuart this years Lockerbie Cornet).
The Pride of Procession Shieldthis year going to Annan Old Youth Club “Live 8” float from Annan.
The Rotary Shieldagain went to Cummertrees Youth Club “Under the Sea”.
The Lower Annandale Cup,large vehicle, went to the Eaglesfield Kids “Old Woman in a Shoe”, and the best small vehicle was Gallus Productions “The Red Barrows”.
Children’s winnerwas the Alice in Wonderland.
The Best Drum Majorwas once again won by John McQueen from Dumfries.
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