The Riding of the Bounds 2022

WOW! Well Berwick’s Riding of the Bounds 2022 is complete and what a day it was! The sun shone, the crowds were out in spectacular style and our town looked fantastic. We had 94 horses on the ride and hundreds of followers on the buses and in cars. The Berwick Riders Association would like to thank everyone who came out to help and support us to uphold this long standing tradition after a two year enforced break. Our 2022 Chief Marshal Julia done a spectacular job requesting permission and leading the cavalcade and we are incredibly proud of her. Right hand man Kieran Dodds and left hand man Courtnay Grey were by her side and as we knew they would, gave 100% to their roles as always. Our mascot Merci Duffy! You are an absolute star and a bit of a celebrity now I think! and we are incredibly proud of you. Our lead marshal Lorraine Stark, you have worked tirelessly and because of your relentless determination and dedication to your role, I think it safe to say everyone had a brilliant ride. To every town principal who came along on the day either riding or following, your support means the world to us. Our small committee has worked their socks off this year to make this the best day ever. They have spent many many hours giving school presentations and running competitions to involve as many children in the town as possible and to get the message across that this event is for everyone and not only riders. Our thanks go to everyone who has made this happen. To Michael Morrison at Galedin vets who gave up his day, free of charge to ensure all our beautiful horses were safe and happy, to Rapid Reaction for keeping our riders safe out there, to all of our ridden marshals and ground marshals and our landowners, to Euan Gibson and Wattie Aitken for lending us the quads , we can’t do this without all you guys so thank you all so much. Mr and Mrs Robson at the honey farm for the use of their gorgeous red bus. To Tracy and Alison for feeding the troops in the morning ( our behind the scenes heroes) To all the shops who have sponsored and donated things to us for our hobby horse event and our ride day. The support from our local businesses and larger stores has been incredibly this year so remember everyone! shop local, they have supported us so we need to support them. There are far too many people to thank individually so we would just like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has helped along the way to make this event the success it is. We are now looking forward to supporting all the other towns during their own celebrations throughout the summer and the planning of Riding of the Bounds 2023 is underway! Hip hip.

More photos will be added to the gallery shortly…..











Sunday 1st May 2022

The annual “tapping of the bridge” took place on Sunday 1st May by our three principals!
This previously took place on May the 1st by a select few riders while the rest of the cavalcade had a well deserved break at half way.
The principals still honour this tradition however it is now completed on foot by our principals while their horses have a well earned rest ❤️💙


Hobby Horse 2022

Well what can we say last night was brilliant! The turn out was amazing! Well done to all that took part!A huge thankyou to Jake Dodds, Alisha Dodds and Marcus Dodds who piped us round the walls they where absolutely fantastic! Thankyou to Gemma Dodds for bringing Amelia the kids loved meeting her! A huge thankyou to Greggs Alnwick for the massive food donation, there where some very happy children after there walk! A huge thankyou to B and M Berwick for providing us with brushes for the hobby horse work shop! And of course a huge thankyou to everyone that attended both events each year these events are getting bigger and better and that is down to the support of you!





Window Dressing Competition 2022 -Results!

Every year we hold a shop window competition! The response has yet again been brilliant! It’s amazing to get the community and the businesses involved with Bounds preparations and each year its getting better and bigger!
We would like to thank everyone for taken part this year! It wasn’t an easy task for the judges!!
In first place….
In third place….
We will be in this Wednesday 27th of April to congratulate you and present your prize!!
Also a huge thankyou to…
Mr C’s Icecream Parlour
The Red Cross
Slightly Fixed
Mountain Warehouse
Berwick E-cigs
Berwick Visitors Center
Stitch ‘n’ Time








Schools Rosette competition…

After nearly 400 entries into our rosette competition we have our winners 🏆
We would like to thank all the local school children for participating, it’s been a huge success!!!
Our first places!
Ruby Flemming – aged 4 – St. Cuthberts
Lyla – aged 6 – St. Cuthberts
Dulcie – aged 9 – Scremerston
Alan Szymanski – aged 11 – The Grove
Patrick – aged 16 – The Grove
Our second places!
John-William – aged 4 – The Grove
Patrycja Matuszak – aged 6 – St Mary’s
Lleyton – aged 9 – The Grove
Clayton – aged 10 – The Grove
Charlie Hunter – aged 13 – The Grove
Our third places!
Oscar – aged 5 – St Cuthberts
Louie Short – aged 7 – Scremerston
Ralph – aged 8 – Scremerston
Poppy Renton – aged 10 – The Grove
Callum Mcgilligan – aged 17 – The Grove
Our fourth places!
Roceo – aged 5 – Holy Trinity
Mason – aged 7 – Scremerston
Pixie – aged 9 – St Mary’s
Channah Olah – aged 11 – The Grove
Saul Johnstone – aged 13 – the Grove
And last but not least…
The ones we couldn’t fit in the final 4 but deserved a rosette!
Iva – aged 4 – Scremerston
Naomi – aged 5 – St. Cuthberts
Shaun – aged 7 – St. Cuthberts
Brooke – aged 7 – St. Cuthberts
Gracie – aged 8 – Prior Park
Imogen – aged 8 – St. Mary’s
Mia – aged 9 – Prior Park
Olivia – aged 9 – Scremerston
Alisa Grigorjera – aged 9 – St. Cuthberts
Rosie – aged 10 – Holy Trinity
Curtis Hume – aged 15 – The Grove school
All of the above have won a prize and we invite you to our annual Hobby Horse evening to receive it. 6pm at the Scout Hall, Palace Green 28th of April.




Sashing of the Chief Marshal

On Saturday 26th March we held our sashing event where our new Principals for this year were installed. We had to say a sad farewell to our Left Hand Man Rebecca Tait who had completed her term in office. Although no longer a principal she is still a valued member of the committee and our current treasurer so shes not actually allowed to go anywhere!!

A very excited Julia Szoneberg was installed as our Chief Marshal for 2022 after a very long wait due to Covid, and Courtnay Grey steps down into the left Hand Man position.

Our newcomer is our previous 2018 Mascot, Kieran Dodds who has stepped into the Right Hand Man position.

More information on all the Principals can be found in the principals section.

It was lovely to get back to some normality and catch up with lots of people that we all hadn’t seen for some considerable time!

Photos of this event will be added to the Gallery section courtesy of Dougie Hunter.


Great British Coastal Railways

Back in August some of our committee took part in some filming for the new series of Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo.
Due to not being able to have a ride for the second year running we had to organise a reenactment of the Riding of the Bounds to be shown on the programme. Michael requested permission to ride the Boundaries from the Mayor, sang our Berwick song and then was taken out on horseback to check the boundaries for a real insight into our day!
It was very nerve wracking for all of us, but Michael and the film crew were very nice and we had a very enjoyable day!
The episode should be aired sometime in March but we will notified of the exact date nearer the time.








“Berwick Riders’ Association committee celebrated their annual Riding of the Bounds on 1st May this year by walking the 17 mile route instead of the usual means of travelling on horseback.

Covid restrictions meant that the 500-year-old tradition had to be reduced to avoid large crowds so on Saturday morning the Chief Marshal Courtnay Grey and her Left and Right Hand Men, all of whom were on foot, met the Berwick Mayor Ann Forbes and Sheriff Martin Warner, at the Guildhall steps and requested permission to check the boundary of the Liberties of Berwick. Permission was granted, the Town Flag was handed over and the toast was given before the ten-strong committee set off by foot and bus to cover the route.  The committee were joined on the walk by Shaun Eltringham, who was celebrating his ten year anniversary of being Chief Marshal.
The walk was completed without difficulty in lovely Spring sunshine and following a very pleasant lunch stop hosted by New Mills and the “Tapping of the Bridge” near New Water Haugh, the flag was returned to the Mayor at the Guildhall along with the report that the town boundary remained secure for another year.
It is hoped that 2022 will see the return of the hundred plus horses and riders from Berwick district and the other Border towns. The committee are also looking for new applicants for next year’s Principals positions. Details are on their website and Facebook pages.


Due to further Covid restrictions placed upon us all our Annual general meeting due to take place at the Jubilee was held instead via Zoom.

Berwick Riders Association post holders are as follows..

  • Chairman – Mrs  Linda Fiddes
  • Vice Chair – Mrs Lorraine Stark
  • Treasurer – Mrs Rebecca Tait
  • Secretary – Mr Stephen Lowdon
  • Ride Liaison Officer – Mrs Lorraine Stark


May 1st 2019

Our 3 principals carried out the old tradition of the ‘ tapping of the bridge’. This is usually done on ride day with a select group of riders. This year due to a safety issues with the crumbling bridge we decided not to take horses and to go on foot instead on the original ride date of the 1st May. A fitting tribute to Berwick’s history, some flowers were laid along with the town sashes.


Thursday 2nd May

Thursday saw our annual Hobby Horse event.

A walk around the walls of Berwick for children with their homemade hobby horses. A mini bounds ‘ride’! Prizes were given for best turned out horses and a good time was had by all despite the awful weather!


Route improvements 

Work has been ongoing for the last couple of months to improve our route and get us off some of the busy roads. Unfortunately attempts at finding an alternative to the A1 have been unsuccessful. After a lot of hard work, money, gates and diggers we have managed to bypass some of the roadwork slightly. This has given us a new river crossing and an extra field! Weather permitting obviously, too much rain will heighten the river and we would need a boat! But we have a plan B! We have also this year taken out the busy Paxton road back into town and instead will cross cantys bridge and head off-road to Baldersbury where we can use a quieter road back into town. 

The Sashing of the Chief Marshal 2019.

Saturday 23rd March 2019 saw the sashing of our principals.

Last years Chief Marshal Rebecca Allan had to hand back the sash and she now moves to be our Left Hand Man for 2019. Her main role now is to look after the others and show them the ropes! And hopefully make sure the other ladies don’t forget anything…!

Courtnay Grey was sashed as our Chief Marshal 2019. Courtnay had a fantastic first year as Right hand man and is really looking forward to representing Berwick this summer.

We also welcomed our 2019 Right hand man to our principal party – Victoria Irwin although i’m sure she would prefer to be called Vikki! She is sure to have a great summer and will be a chance to learn the ropes in preparation for her turn as Chief Marshal next year.

We also welcomed our new Junior Mascot rider for 2019, Miss Katie Lowden-king.
Katie will support the Principals this summer.

Photos of the Sashing event will be added to the Gallery.