Joint Statement from
Hawick Common Riding Committee SCIO & Scottish Borders Council
Friday 13th December 2019

“Hawick Common Riding Committee SCIO and Scottish Borders Council are delighted to announce that through on-going and productive dialogue a way forward has been agreed which addresses the equalities issues that have plagued the Hawick Common Riding in the past.

Following confirmation of the fulfilled requirements, the Hawick Common Riding funding will be released. Hawick Common Riding Committee SCIO is taking a proactive stance to ensure that equalities are at the core of what is does and looks forward to welcoming everyone who would like to participate in all the Hawick Common Riding events.”

Common Riding Principals 2019

Cornet Connor Brunton, Cornet’s Lass Victoria Campbell and
Acting Father and Acting Mother Alistair (Joe) and Tracy Crawford.

Hawick Common-Riding

The Hawick Common-Riding is the first of the Border Common Ridings and celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick at a place called Hornshole and the ancient custom of riding the marches or boundaries of the common land.

The Cornet for the year is elected at the beginning of May, well in advance of the Common Riding proper, when the Provost’s Council, on the recommendation of the two previous Cornets (called the Right and Left-Hand Men) invites a young man to act as Cornet. The Halberdier, accompanied by the Drum and Fife Band, carries an official letter of invitation to the nominated Cornet. Invitation accepted, the Officer is rewarded with a new “shilling” and asked to carry the Cornet’s letter of acceptance back to the waiting Council. Afterwards the Cornet with his two predecessors walk round the older parts of the town before attending a congratulatory Smoker. From then until the festival is over the Cornet is an honoured figure in Hawick. The first recorded Cornet was in 1703 and other than the World Wars there has been an unbroken line to the present day.  [More]…

Attendance at all licensed events is restricted to 18 year olds and over.
‘Challenge 25 Rule’ will be enforced.