Langholm Common Riding 2011 Photos

Langholm Common Riding 2011

Langholm Common Riding 2011 took place this week starting with a march through the town on Thursday evening. As usual, the crowds get bigger and bigger every year and this has to be up there with a record turnout. After last year’s deluge of rain it was most welcome to have some fine weather for all the happy crowds to enjoy.

This year, the Cornet is Lee Earsman and he led the event fantastically well even overcoming what looked like a very nervous mount to gallop to glory up the famous Kirk Wynd.

The day starts off at 5am with a flute procession around the town of Langholm, which I did not partake this year due to having had too much hospitality the night before. This is then followed at around 8:30am with crowds gathering in the town square to receive the emblems and for the cornet to collect the flag for which he must carry it with him to the monument and back and return it in it’s original condition (no mean feat).

Below is a photo account of the day from the first fair cry to the last fair cry. I am sorry it is long but Langholm Common Riding has so much to offer and I would like to thank all the organisers for making it a wonderful occasion yet again and also with so many fantastic riders and horses on show, this blog could have gone on forever! Sorry if I missed any riders.

Well done Cornet Lee ‘Cheesy’ Earsman.

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‘Jacko’ the winner of the Hound Trail collects the trophy.

The Cornet, probably feeling a little nervous.

The Cornet’s right and left hand men, Graeme Murray and Derek Hogg move to ease his nerves.

Looking much better now, let’s get on with it!

Steady!

Well done Lee.

The Cornet’s proud parents anxiously watch him leave the town square.

A bit more relaxed now.

The crowds start to gather up Kirk Wynd.

Enter Langholm’s emblems, Barley Banna and Sa’t Herring, The Spade, The Floral Crown and The Scotch Thistle.

Followed by the proudest man in Langholm.

The other riders of the day start to assemble and take their place for the gallop.

Mind where you are stepping sir!!!!

The emblems and the Langholm town brass band bring the Cornet back to the square.

Almost time for the first Fair Cry.

Rae Elliot Cries the Fair.

Now the masses climb Kirk Wynd for a vantage point.

One last check to clear the way.

And here they come.

Fantastic concentration.

Now the other riders.

Watch where you are going!

Lots of riders had their eyes closed, good job none of the horses did!

The spectator on the right was in training for the Gurning World Championships.

Start them young.

This shot shows the severity of the climb.

Last one up.

Some of the crowds going back to the square awaiting the return of the Cornet

Some views across Langholm halfway up Kirk Wynd.

Having a break at the golf club, I am the one with the follicly challenged head!!

Another Tommy Todder.

Waiting for the riders to come back from the monument.

And here they are.

Now time for some refreshment, bread, sa’t herring and a nip of whisky.

Maybe one to many!!1

The  heather besom parade.

Rae Elliot with the final Cry.

Auld Lang Syne to finish a wonderful morning.

Thanks for looking

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