Copshaw Common Riding 2017.

 

The 20th Copshaw Common Riding took place on the first Seterday O'Julie (and Mellissa) and turned out to be one of, if not the "best Yit" Tub Nichol and his left and right legged men ex Tubs Thomson and Elliot did the village proud once more, leading the many followers around the boundaries and keeping the village free of vagabonds and safe for another year.

We actually started again this year with Tub Nichol laying a wreath at the war memorial in honour of the fallen from Liddesdale, thanks to Greg for organising the ceremony and this is now part of Common Riding weekend and will remain so.

The big day started for Tub Nichol with the traditional catching of the winning pup at the hound trail, this was won by Castle Clansman from the Langholm kennel of Marti Borthwick, this was a great occasion as Marti has been trying to win the J.A. Foster trophy for many years and is a great supporter and sponsor of the common riding, a popular winner indeed.

After the obligatory bacon rolls and diet cokes in the Trap it was off to pick the Tub up from his house and partake in the recent new ancient tradition of barley fadge and Tequila, just the thing to set you up for the day!

We are always pleased and surprised to see the large crowd that gathers at the fountain every year for the morning fair crying and various presentations, for fancy dress and new year honours etc, this year's best window was won by the Copshaw Kitchen, best dressed adults Libby Kennedy and Paula Downey (dressed as angels, aye right!) best child Reece Young (a hat trick!) and best bike Caiden Nichol (judged by Tub Nichol!)  we also handed over donations to copshaw gardeners and to one of the local residents going through a tough time and requiring help with a stairlift, we are also hosting the Auld folks Tea Party again this year in Legends (because it has a stairlift!) this was very popular last year, to be fair the committee enjoyed it as much as the pensioners!

We don't forget the kids either of course, we put on the ever popular Halloween party and pay for all the kids gifts at the Christmas party.

We then had the unveiling of this year's common riding song composed and sung by the outrageously talented ex tub Jarvis Pearson, a couple of hundred people all shouting "Chinky" no wonder the takeaway sellers were smiling!

Following the shenanigans at the fountain, it was off to the "shed" at the Golf Club, and the winner of the Mick Rick tankard for 1st rider to the shed was won for the 3rd year running by Ter Lockerby, there followed some of the best entertaining of the Tub we have ever had, some of the original songs and poems are amazing, and this year's winner of the Bob Burgess tankard for best entertainer was won by Ex Tub Ryan Cuthbert with his original composition sung to the tune of Only Fools and Horses, the word sung is probably misleading.

Waldorf and Stadler again behind the bar for the umpteenth year running, I'm sure someone is just propping them up every year!

The cutting of the sod, snogging of said sod and supping of the Tequila all went down very well, this year's sod being of a particularly good vintage, very moist with a good grassy head!

Down to the Olive Tree for the common riding emblems of barley fadge and kippers, as is tradition a common riding virgin is always picked to carry the emblems for the day and this year the barley fadge carrier was Steven Nichol and the holder of the kipper was Jill Scott, common riding photographer for 20 years but first time riding!

The famous Swiss engineer Erup Kubnum was again celebrated at the Holm Brig boundary, with the whisky and Toblerone ceremony, Erup having taken an idea for a new chocolate bar from the central design on the brig.

After a quick refreshment break at the official watering hole, it was to Fred's corner we went to commemorate the battle of that famous corner with the Touching Cloth ceremony, where the founding members celebrated the taking of the standard back in 1998, it was great to see Fred of Fred's corner there making sure everything was in order.

Ex Tub Cuthbert (Vicky version) then read the common riding poem on the steps of Legends, again with refreshments provided by Legends and by Spar! This was followed by the world famous Twa Posh Chicken, narrated by Ex Tub Cuthbert (Ryan version) ably assisted by Ex Tub Elliot (Butch version) and Ex Tub Cuthbert (Wattie version) and again refreshment were provided by the Copshaw Kitchen, as usual refreshments are a theme for common riding day!

After the boundary at the Auction Mart, it was off to Lidalia where mine hosts Eddie and Isabel have taken us in for many years now and the caravan site residents somehow look forward to being invaded for an hour or two (more refreshments), we presented Bella with a bouquet of flowers for reaching the grand old age of 102!! And we paid homage to the hound of Lidalia and the reverend Brydon Mabon.

The afternoon was rounded off at the Garden party and sports, where the usual fun and mayhem took place, complete with a mechanical rodeo bull and a jousting pole and lots of events for the kids, and of course the infamous egg Russian roulette, we also had the ladies committee serving hot dogs and funnily enough more refreshments.

After the Garden party the committee made their annual pilgrimage to their friends from Selkirk, where the haggis was toasted, songs were sung and refreshments were taken.

The evening started with the brilliant Jedburgh pipe band playing outside the Trap, led by their brush swirling mascot Ex Tub Jackson (Barry version) then we marched off the village hall to open the music festival concert in front of a packed house, another fine rendition of this year's song from Ex Tub Pearson went down very well, although by this time his voice was struggling slightly, probably not due to lack of refreshment.

A quick stop outside of the hall to remember our pal down under Mr Atkinson (Jamie version) with a shaking of the shoulders to honour the night he started greeting!!

The final acts of a fantastic day, back at the fountain, where a 3rd singing of the song and the fair crying (night version) took place in front of a massive crowd, before Tub Nichol handed the flag back and gave his address to the village (its Doncaster Street)

Now as we say every year we can't do this on our own, we get a lot of help along the way, and without it the village would be much poorer in both spirit and community.

Our sponsors include, Costcutter, Les "Slippy" Calvert, The Golf club, Marti Borthwick, Lidalia, The Butchers, Rock UK, The Olive Tree, Copshaw Caterers, our new pals from Belgium, Hugo and Rita and anyone who threw something in a big yellow bucket it really is appreciated.

The committee are already planning for next year, although some words will have to be changed as it's not the "First Seterday O'Julie and Mellissa!! 

Chairman Cuthbert

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The Village has spoken, Tub 2017 Mr Ian Nichol, pictured here with his Wife Lesley and Daughter Keira. CCR Committee wish Ian & Lesley all the best for their term in Office.

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