Horsemen, led by Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Martin Rodgerson and his Burleymen attendants, arrive at the Three Brethren cairns summit, to check the boundaries of the lands, during the Common Riding festivities in Selkirk, Scotland, June 2013.

Artist: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Medium: Photography

Dimensions: 22″ x 34″ unframed print



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‘Unsullied and Untarnished’ – by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lasses and Right Hand Men, Cornets and Coldstreamers, all titles given to the upstanding youths who champion their towns during the summer Common Riding festivals of the Scottish Borders. Festivals in which they are charged with carrying the burgh or town standard around the common land and to “bring it back unsullied and untarnished.” I was intrigued by the history of the festivals and the commitment of the people who cherish their town and its traditions, and for whom the festivals and horseback rideouts are a major focal point of the year in these Border towns. “Exiles” return home to take part and greetings are sent by those unable to make the journey, bonds are reestablished with neighbouring towns, traditions are maintained, and the history and sense of community is kept alive and strengthened once more.

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