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Candidates for Tub 2017


Fellow Common Riders, CCR Committee are proud to present the Candidates for Tub 2017.
Left to Right
Ian Nichol, Mark Richardson, David Mitchell, Sam Downey & Callon Herd.
This years crop are a fine bunch with an age range of 18 to 105, and they all have their own teeth! 

Copshaw Common Riding 2016.
Another Common Riding has come and gone, and as usual a great time was had by one and all, despite a few damp patches during the day, we survived relatively intact.
Tub Thomson carried out his duties with great pride and with the help of his Flake Ashley and his left and right legged men ex Tubs, Jock the Dyke and Pee Wee, helped make the whole day memorable, although ex Tub Irving did make the schoolboy error of "having 40 winks" in the afternoon and had to be roused by 3 committee members!!
The day started with the Hound Trail which was again generously sponsored by Les "Slippy" Calvert and was won by Showtime, there followed the traditional breakfast in the Trap, our official watering hole, thanks to Ann and Mary again, all our sponsors are due a lot of thanks, from Costcutter, the Olive Tree, Copshaw Caterers, Lidalia, Rock UK, Elliott's "it's joost ower" Butchers, and everyone that donated along the way.
This year's "New Years Honours" were awarded to The Sir Arthur Elliot Memorial Trust, The Polysport and the Newcastleton Primary School, also we are doing an afternoon tea and entertainment for the old folk, this date still to be decided but more info in due course.
Our best dressed child this year was Reece Young, the best dressed adults were Donnas' Hens and the best dressed bike was won by Donna Adamson, some will now know her as Donna Brannan! the Paparazzi in the square this year were mainly well behaved, hopefully all the foturs have come out well.
Before the crying of the morning fair, our resident crooner gave us a rousing rendition of Tub Thomson's song, written by Nichol & Nichol and not Nichol McNichol as in the squeak!
On then to the Shed at the Golf Club, where the Tub's chase for the Mick Rick tankard was won for the second year running by Ter "soon to be Mr Angela" Lockerberry, there followed the Entertaining of the Tub, now I say this every year but the entertainment gets better and better, if you have never been before then stick it on your bucket list, you will not be disappointed, this year in memory of a great common riding supporter and friend Bob Burgess who passed away earlier in the year we had the first Bob Burgess Trophy for best entertainer, judged by Tub Thomson, this was won by one of our own, the singing fire-fighter Jarvis Pearson with a brilliant composition featuring all 19 previous Tubs.
Thanks to Waldorf and Stadler, yes they are still with us!! for running the bar, hopefully they have a good few months left in them!!
Due to the amount of rain falling the sod was presented at the Shed this year in a break from normal traditions, we are a caring common riding, we don't want our followers getting wet!!
Our emblems were then presented to the waiting (and very patient) throng outside of the Olive Tree, the Fadge and Kipper, our own loaves and fish! as is now a tradition the emblems are carried by common riding virgins for the rest of the day, that is folk that have never ridden before.
To the Holm Brig for the Whisky and Toblerone and ode to old Erup Kubnum the great Swiss engineer and chocolatier, this tale as told by the man with the politically incorrect nickname, well done fried rice and noodles!
Back to the official watering hole for a tune or two and a quick organic orange juice or broccoli smoothie as per usual.
Next on the agenda is one of our most important ceremonies, the Touching of the Cloth, where the surviving founder members remember the battle of Fred's corner, and the healing stane is anointed.
Ex Tub Cuthbert (Vicky variety) reads the Common Riding poem, and Ex Tub Cuthbert (Ryan Variety) remembers the origins of the Copshaw Kitchen with Twa Posh Chicken, ably assisted by Ex Tubs Cuthbert and Elliott (Neil and Butch varieties)
Up to our Northern boundary at the Auction Mart where Ryan regales us with the origins of the term "Cock and Bull" story, appropriate for our ancient new traditions.
Next stop is at Lidalia, where generous hosts Eddie, Isobel and Gillian, provide some much need liquid refreshment, (there are only so many broccoli smoothies you can take!) a ceilidh band and the Hound of Lidalia tale are served up along with the infamous common riding bridie from Brydon, this tale as told by Brydon's daughter Karen, again Karen proves you can take the girl from Copshaw but ye canna take Copshaw from the girl!!
The Garden Party was more a marquee party this year, but none the worse for that and we did get the sports done in dry weather, we also got the site of a few struggling with the rodeo bull, no names here but Deev was looking concerned!
The Egg Russian Roulette was a triumph again, this should be on the telly, but only if we can supply the entrants!!
Big thanks to the Lassies doing the food and drink, again we couldn't do it without you.
After our now traditional late afternoon visit to the Selkirk burns supper where we met up with old friends and enjoyed their generous hospitality we made our way to the Trap to greet the Jed Pipe band led by drum major and Ex Tub BJ Jackson, we marched to the hall and opened the concert, the faces are getting less bemused every year so they must be getting used to us! outside the hall we had the shaking of the shoulders in honour of our man down under greeting, and it was nearly over for another year.
Jarvis gave us his final recital of the song, the evening fair was cried and finally Dean oor Tub 2016, addressed the village it brought a lump to the throat (bloody broccoli smoothies!) he thanked everyone for all their support but it's us that need to thank him for doing such a brilliant job, from the solemnity of the Somme memorial to the madness of the big day, the boy did bloody well!
CCR thanks everybody that followed or cheered us on our way if I have missed anyone off, sorry, but we know who you are, and we really appreciate all the help.
See you next year, 1st Saturday in May, 1st Saturday in June and of course 1st Saturday in Julie and Melissa.
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Copshaw Common Riding - Lead, Follow or Git Oot Oor Way. 



CCR Ride Oot Bye 2016


The Common Riding held their annual ride oot bye, on Saturday 4th June, under blue skies and with the largest ever turn out of followers Tub Thomson led the charge to reclaim the Common Riding standard that had been taken by the dastardly Johnny English and his side kick Billy English, they were found holed up at Jenny's stable just yards from escaping over the border, after a very disciplined route march, the Tub wrestled the flag from its captors and restored it to its rightful place, never to be taken again, (well until next year's Ride oot Bye)


The Tub, his Flake, left and right legged men (well woman as Pee Wee was away) and all the followers were treated to the usual ride oot traditions, the ode to the great flood and of course the homage to the hens, to be fair you have to be there to understand this!!


Auld spanner face Campbell Rick was in his rightful place behind the stable bar, service with a smile, or was it wind?


In the evening we had the Bike clip doo, where Tub Thomson received his commemorative bike clips from ex Tub Elliott (of the Jock variety) the unveiling of this year's song, another excellent composition from Nichol and Nichol, to the tune of Daydream Believer, you can listen to this on copshawcommonriding.co.uk or you can wait until 9.11 am on the big day.


Many thanks to everybody who donated something for the auction, including Auntie Lynn's bike and Pinners "its joost owers" half pig, and of course Podge and Gladdo's lamb from D'Mainholm!!


Tub Thomson then made his first speech as Tub, memorable it was just memorable, not sure how he is going to top that when he hands the flag back in on the big day.


The Tub has already begun his duties as he was on stand bye during the Queen's birthday in case big Phil took a bad turn, and he will have many more to come, don't forget if you are having an event the Tub is available to add a bit of class and culture to any occasion.


We look forward to seeing everyone in the middle square at or around 8.51am on Saturday July 2nd, the first seterday o' Julie and Mellissa or even earlier for the Hound trail at 7.23am



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Tub 2016 - Dean Thomson


Tub Thomson pictured here with his wife Ashley and his parents Billy & Jane.

Dean Thomson was voted in as the 19th Copshaw Common Riding Tub on Saturday 14th May following a very large turnout of voters both young and old, they came with their Zimmer's and their Motability scooters to take part in the most important vote this year, never mind the Scottish Parliament or Brexit, this was the one and around 70% of the village and surrounding area's took part in the vote.
 The 3 candidates ran very strong campaigns this year, with posters and flyers and all sorts of election paraphernalia, trying to secure the position of 2016 Tub, both Deev and Mhairi should be congratulated for helping make this year's vote the success it was.
 Tub Thomson will lead his followers around the boondaries on Saturday 2nd July, where the usual fun and games and new ancient traditions will take place, before that of course we have the Ride Oot Bye on Saturday 4th June, followed by the Tubs bike clip doo later that night, the ceremony at the Ride Oot will be interesting this year seeing the Tub lead his followers in the march to commemorate a great victory over the auld enemy, back in the time of the battle the Tub would likely have been on the other side!!
 A report on the ride oot and Bike clip doo will appear in the July Clatter, if we can remember what happened!
 So get ready to dust off your trusty steeds and come and join Tub Thomson on his big day you won't regret it.
 Remember we are here for a guid time no a lang time.
Hip Hip.

CCR OAP`s Trip 2015.


30/09/15 saw the first CCR Pensioners Trip. CCR laid on a trip for oor auld yins to visit The Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel followed by high tea in Stirling. 74 pensioners left the Village on Telfords Coaches but we`re not sure how many made it back! We are glad to report that there was no fighting or unruly behaviour during the trip, to qualify for next years trip you must be an OAP and be accompanied by both parents! 


Well that was another "Best of Ah" Copshaw Common Riding.

Well done to Tub Elliot II & his Flake Grace.

Click here to hearTub Elliot II song & pictures079-copshaw-common-riding-2015-146______________________


Tub Elliot II prepares to lead his Ride Oot Bye `oot bye`


The Tub leads the charge to recover Oor Standard from the English Raiders in `The Battle Of Kershopfit Brig`


The Standard safely back in oor hands with a dejected Johnny English seek as owt! 


A well earned refreshment after the Battle of Kershopfit Brig in The Grapes & Spanner Stable Bar, CCR being served by Campbell Richardson in his 141st year.


Ex-Tub Irving hands over The Bike Clips to Tub 2015 Jock Elliot, Lord of The Forkeens.  


Rosettes now for sale in Holm Hardware and Costcutter priced at an inflation bustin £4.50 or £9 for two. There is a limited number of Tub Elliot II Rosettes available so get there early to avoid disappointment.

Also CCR Ties and Badges with Polo shirts to follow.
Quote "Something for the weekend Sir" to get your CCR discount.



Jock Elliot has been Officially Voted in as Tub 2015 his

 Official Title will be 

Tub Elliot II

Thanks to all who voted and attended the Tubs Ball. 

The voting was extremely close, a recount being required at half past to satisfy the Voting Ombudsman who was in attendance before he took a "dive" on the dance floor. 

Thanks to Lorna, Karen and Elaine for counting the votes which proved a very stressful experience for them. 


Breaking News - The full version of the 2014 "CCR Stars In Their Eyes 3" DVD goes on sale Tuesday 27th Jan at Holm Hardware priced at an inflation bustin £10.

This DVD will become a collectors item when the current CCR Committee are all pushin up the daisies !!


"Better than the Langholm Panto" - E&L

"A very talented Village"  - The Sun

"I thought I was looking in the mirror" - Boy George

"My Wife looked so hot" - David Beckham

"It wisna really us" - Status Quo

The most talked about event since Chairman Cuthbert called the Tub, "Cornet" - E&L

"xxxxxxxx" - The Copshaw Clatter

"Our profits are at an all time high" - Tena Lady

"Elvis WAS in the building" - The Memphis Clatter

ON SALE.... At HOLM HARDWARE Today there will be a limited supply of CCR Stars in their eyes 3 (limited edition) DVDs they are a basic video of all the performances from the night, they are £6.59 each very kindly donated by Gilly Fraser ........there will be a deluxe edition to follow in the new year ! So get there quickly while stocks last ,it'll be a nice little pressie for someone! merry Christmas everyone and could you share this please thankyou Ps all profits from this sale will be donated to local charitys

Or contact any CCR Committee member.


It's now time to 'Rally Roon Oor Tub'

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