The first of the formal dinners leading up to the Selkirk Common Riding was held on Friday 26th May by the Selkirk Ex-Servicemen’s Association and was convened by the association chairman, Les Neilson who welcomed a good turn-out to the County Hotel.
The main speaker was Duncan Stewart, former Colonial Standard Bearer and Colonial Society chairman who has family connections going back many generations who have been associated with Selkirk and its Common Riding. He reminded the members and guests of the strong links between his own association and the Ex-Soldiers, both being founded in 1910 and both having cast the colours ever since.
Duncan proposed the toast to “The Royal and Ancient Burgh” with typical aplomb and was warmly congratulated by Hon. Provost of the Common Riding Trust, Chalmers Stillie. Chairman Les Neilson introduced the Ex-Servicemen’s Standard Bearer, John Purves and his wife Lina who received a warm welcome from the company, as did the Royal Burgh Standard Bearer, Scott Hermiston who was accompanied by his sister Rachel and by his Attendants.