‘Cavalcade’ of riders joins centuries-old tradition

  • More than 80 riders carried on a centuries-old tradition by taking part in Berwick-Upon-Tweed’s annual Riding of the Bounds.

    The Berwick Riders’ Association hosted the 407th such event, a celebration of the traditional 15-mile ride of the town’s boundaries, on 1 May.

    The custom stems from the need to protect the town from Scottish raiders with a group of horsemen.

    Running every year since 1607, it takes place at the start of the “common riding” season, a practice commemorating local men who risked their lives to protect the people of the town.

    A spokesman for the event said: “Chief marshal Rachel Martin and principals Beth Innes and Lorraine Fiddes led a cavalcade of 84 riders on one of Northumberland’s oldest traditions with hundreds of spectators from all over the UK.

    “It was one of the biggest turnouts in recent years, despite the rather damp and cold conditions, partly due to it being on a Sunday this year but also thanks to the reformed Berwick Riders’ Association’s efforts to rally support and their aim to involve all of the community.”

    Katrina Lewis, secretary of the riders’ association, said: “The day is always very special and I’m thrilled to say it went very well with a turnout of 84 riders and hundreds of spectators.

    “Our principals Rachel, Beth and Lorraine have done a fantastic job representing the town and carrying out this great tradition.

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    “A special thanks to Shaun and Jude for keeping us right, Berwick Town Council and Simpsons Malt and all our landowners, friends and sponsors.

    “Next year we hope again will be bigger and even better as we continue with our aim to improve and involve all of the community. The feedback so far has been fantastic. Thank you!”

    for more information, visit the Riding of the Bounds website, or the riders’ association on Facebook.

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