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HAWICK in the Scottish Borders was my home for all my married life, until we moved last year. Knitwear (Pringle, Lyle & Scott, Peter Scott) , rugby and pride in its heritage typify this, the largest town in the Scottish Borders, (population 14,800), some 50 miles from Edinburgh and 44 miles north of Carlisle.
Hawick among the hills
One of my favourite local songs tells how:
To join the Teviot Water
There dwells auld Hawick's honest men
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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