South Scotland

In pictures: Hawick Common Riding

Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Hawick is one of a string of Borders towns to stage celebrations

The common riding season got under way in the Borders on Friday with the horses out in Hawick.

The 2017 Cornet Ali George and his Lass Katy Moffat led proceedings through the town.

Flute band Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Proceedings get under way early with a flute band taking to the streets

Hawick is one of a number of Borders towns to hold such celebrations throughout the summer months.

They see a horseback group ride its way around the town's historic boundaries as part of the ceremony.

Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption About 350 riders took part in this year's common riding
Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Packets of snuff are thrown from a window as part of the event
Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption Large crowds always turn out for the celebration
Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The common riding celebrates the capture of an English flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick
Hawick Common Riding Image copyright Dougie Johnston
Image caption The summer celebrations will continue in the weeks and months to come across the region

All pictures by Dougie Johnston.