Annan Riding of the Marches 2013
The weather was ideal, the shore was looking good and it was the first 7.30am start of the century on Saturday the 6th of July.
A cavalcade of around 105 riders led by Standard Bearer Hannah Millar and accompanied by Chief Marshal Jim Hodgson, Cornet Garry Williamson and Cornet’s Lass Catherine Walker and their supports, set off down Port Street, Waterfoot Road and on to the shore. The fishermen had found us a good track this year to canter along the sand and we all pulled up safely and left the shore at Battlehill
The Burgh Standard flying along made the usual stirring spectacle watched by many spectators from the old viaduct at Seafield. It was then a smooth ride up past Swordwell, Woodhead and alongside the Gill Wood to a hospitality stop provided by the ever generous Logan family.
Next stop was at the popular Chapelcross runway, then it was over the heights of Jockstown and for the Official Party the traditional visit to Williamwood where they were introduced to their hosts Michael and Shirley Clarke.
Continuing the ride, they were joined by the rest of the cavalcade at Cleughhead Lodge then preceded through Mount Annan to Landheads where the traditional snuff was handed round and the boy picked this year to be “skelped” through the Hole in the Hedge ceremony by Stuart Thomson was Harry Wilkinson.
The ride then went through Guillilands and Northfield to the Everholm for the Chases. The first chase was the Juvenile and the winner was Kirsty Cooper, the junior winner was Ami Blenkinsop, the Cornets Lasses winner was Margaret Kane, the Cornet’s Chase winner, in a very close family finish, was Frank Johnstone and the Open Chase went to Kenny Little from Lockerbie. Then it was through Springfield to pick up the lead rein riders for the parade start at Newington Roundabout at 12.35.
The female and male best turned out riders on the High Street at 7.15am was judged to be Louise Forrest from Lockerbie and Donald Smith from Gatehouse. A special mention also goes to Sonja Wishart, the Kirkwall Standard Bearer, for joining us in the ride this year and also David Taylor our 25 year anniversary Standard Bearer for making a special effort and supporting us on horseback. Also supporting ROM in her 50th year anniversary was ex-Cornets Lass Ruth Hastie.
Thanks to all riders for arriving earlier for the new 7.30am start, the times worked very well this year. A special thanks to all my Marchriding Committee members, first aiders, other helpers, the land owners and the council for letting us over their ground.
The 2013 Queen of the Border Miss Alix Johnston led another well supported, colourful parade with a display of 15 decorated floats and around 40 children in fancy dress. (see prize winners in right hand column and more images in the Gallery).
The combination of the large crowds that turned out to view the parade at 1.00pm and the glorious sunshine meant there was a good attendance at the "Out and About", held this year for the first time, in the John Bell Field from 2.00pm. This year’s entertainment included the Mega Mini Stunt Team, the Pre Hee Men.
There was also the hotly contested Children's Sports competitions at 2.30pm and of course the keenly contested annual Pipe Band competitions consisting of bands from all over the UK
At 5.50 pm the handing back of the Standard ceremony and presentation of trophies took place.
The spectacular sight and sound of the massed pipe bands marching up the High Street, and Leona Evans singing Auld Lang Syne ended another successful Riding of the Marches day
Photos provided by Kelly Barty, Country Images, 7 Gill Place, Dornock, Annan DG12 6SS - tel: 01461 40425 / 07791 676935
The 2013 parade winners
The Pride of Procession Shield: for the second successive year went to the popular "Has Beens" with their version of "Gentlemen" dance routine of around 40 members, they were also judged the most humorous and were popular with the crowds.
The Rotary Cup for the most original float: went again to the Cummertrees Youth Club with the theme "Go West".
The Lower Annandale Trophy for the most topical float went to Annan and District Day Centre their theme "Robin Hood and his Merry Men".
The Best Small Vehicle was Thorburn Crescent Residents with their "Party Animals".
The Most Humorous winner was ET Productions with "Mickey’s Street Party".
The Most Artistic winner was Brydekirk Rednecks with "The Dukes of Hazard".
The 2013 Pipeband Contest
The Grade 2 BNFL Cup: The Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Pipe Band
The Grade 3 P/M Callum Beck Memorial Trophy: Manchester Phoenix.
The Grade 4 McCubbin Shield: Wolverhampton Pipe band.
The Best Dressed Pipe Major award on Saturday was won by Campbell Waddell.
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