The Common-Riding got under way on Wednesday night when almost 200 Teries, young and old, gathered in Rosebank Road to greet this year’s Cornet, Connor Brunton.
As tradition dictates, Halberdier Robert Payne, escorted by the Drum and Fife Band, made his way from the town hall to the west end to deliver the all-important letter from Provost Watson McAteer, inviting the 24-year-old callant to be the 303rd Cornet.
A crowd had gathered outside the Cornet-elect’s house, and despite it being an unseasonally cold, wet night, the Common-Riding spirit remained undampened.
The strains of Teribus from the band could be heard coming up the Loan before the halberdier knocked on the door of No.8, where he was welcomed by the Cornet-elect. The town’s worst-kept secret was then made public amid loud cheers.
Following a ‘strive’ for the waiting kids, the Cornet was joined by his Right and Left, Gareth Renwick and Ali George, and this year’s Acting Father, Alistair Crawford, leading the crowds of schoolchildren and adults on the traditional walk around the town.