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Hawick among the hills
One of my favourite local songs tells how:
Hawick where the River Teviot (here) meets the smaller Slitrig River ,
All of the main towns in the Borders have a 'common riding' - or something similar, but each one has its own unique spirit and specific traditions. Typically, a "Cornet" or other named representative, i.e. Standard Bearer, Braw Lad, Callant, Reiver etc. is selected from the young men of the town, and becomes an honoured figure. He leads a procession of mounted and foot followers through the town. He proudly carries the town flag, creating a marvellous spectacle. He then leads his cavalcade of riders out of the town into the hills and around the town's ancient boundaries re-enacting the age old ritual of 'riding the marches.
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