Common Ridings

A rider takes his horse to the market place, passing a truck on the way, prior to the ‘ride out’ during the Selkirk Common Riding festivities. Scotland.
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The ‘Fair Crying’, declaring the festival open, made from horseback in the market square during the Common Riding festival in Langholm. Scotland.
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“In the summer of 2000 I became fascinated with the Common Ridings of the Scottish Borders area. In towns such as Langholm, Hawick and Selkirk, amongst others, the men (and some of it was controversially men only) take part in old customs such as catching sachets of tobacco snuff thrown from a tower at dawn. Later horsemen would ride out to reinforce and check the town boundaries, and on the way be given sustenance of milk and run, whilst back in the towns men would carry a loft huge thistles, and march around singing the town songs.”

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

The “casting of the colours” flag waving ceremony in the town square, during the Selkirk Common Riding festivities.Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, All rights reserved

 

The ‘Cornet’ Bruce Richardson, stands 4th from left, with his helpers- his “right hand man’ and ‘left hand man’, in top hats, during Hawick Common Riding week. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

Horsemen waiting for the “ride-out” of horses to begin during the ‘male only’ Hawick Common Riding week. The ‘ride-out’ takes the riders to the town boundaries, and re-enforces those boundries. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

Men fighting to catch sachets of snuff tobacco thrown from the window of Drumlanrig Tower at 6am, during Hawick Common Riding week. Scotland.
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Men march around their town, singing songs, the night before the male only ‘ride out’ of horsemen to re-enforce the town boundaries, during Hawick Common Riding week. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

The ‘ride out’ of the towns people and their horses, across the River Ettrick to the borders of the town, during the Selkirk Common Riding festivities..Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

Rum and milk is given to the horsemen on the ‘ride out’, at Linglie’s Farm during the Selkirk Common Riding festivities. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

Cornet Bruce Richardson gallops up Nipknowes hIll on his horse, carrying the Hawick town “colours”, during Hawick Common Riding week. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

A member of the “Fifes and Drums” band, heads towards the meeting point prior to a march, during Hawick Common Riding week. Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2000, all rights reserved.

 

 

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