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.
Following our AGM post holders are as follows.
- Chairman – Miss Bethany Innes
- Vice Chair – Mrs Lorraine Stark
- Treasurer – Mrs Linda Fiddes
- 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!
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.