The Riding of the Bounds, Berwick upon Tweed.
Following recent government advice and after in depth discussions with The Freeman and Berwick Town Council it is with great sadness that that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this years Riding of the Bounds on Saturday 2nd May and the election of new principals due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
This decision has not been taken lightly as it is Berwick’s oldest tradition but the safety of everyone is our main priority and we must act responsibly and act on the advice given and we feel it is the correct course of action at this time.
Our thoughts are with every other border town and their committee’s who also have difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks and months.
We have had lengthy discussions within our committee and we have decided that for this year all our current principals will remain in their positions until next year. This means that Victoria Irwin will now become Chief Marshal in 2021 and our new incoming Principal that would have been installed at our sashing ceremony will now be installed next year. Although we normally keep our new principals under wraps until the sashing event we feel that it is unfair and a very difficult secret to keep for that long!
We therefore would like to announce that Mrs Julia Szoneberg will be our Right Hand Man for 2021.
Although no ride will be taking place this year we are still hoping to honour the tradition in some way (restrictions permitting) even if it means a very small group on foot.
Next years ride will be held on Saturday 1st May 2021 all being well. We look forward to seeing you all then. Thank you for all your continued support.
Berwick Riders Association.