South Scotland

Crowds turn out for Selkirk common riding

Common riding
Image caption Big crowds enjoyed good weather in Selkirk for this year's common riding

Huge crowds have turned out in Selkirk as the common riding season gets into full swing.

Hundreds of men and women rode the town's boundaries on horseback, in a tradition dating back to the 16th Century.

A series of ceremonies and events have also been held to honour people from Selkirk who have died in battle or during military service.

Royal Burgh standard bearer Douglas Gunn said events had gone "superbly".

"My attendants and I have had a great day on the hill and the weather has been kind to us, so we don't need anything else," he said.

He said he had gone to great lengths to ensure he could take up his key role in his home town's proceedings.

"I have been in the Middle East the last five years in Bahrain but I've never missed a common riding since I've been away," he said.

"The only time I ever missed a common riding was when I worked in Hawick."