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The Village has decided and
after a hard fought battle where blood, sweat and vodka were spilled,
Gillian McGimpsey was voted in as Tub 2013.
Oor thanks goes out to Tom, Babs and Lucie for their campaigns in their
efforts to secure the prestigious Red Jacket.
COMMON RIDING 2012.
year’s Common Riding took place on the last Seterday
afore the first Seterday in Julie and Melissa, which is a departure
usual date because of the Olympics (or was it because it was a leap
this meant that this year’s Hound Trail will now be run the day
after the Holm
Show, I hope you are following this, because I’m confused!
led his followers roon oor boondaries with great
pride and did himself and the Holm proud, even if he did have a pit
the day, the rain that fell in the morning did not deter the loyal
116 turning out, this is proof that the Copshaw Common Riding is firmly
in the social calendar now, much like Royal Ascot or Wimbledon, your
standing is enhanced by following the Tub.
started with the presentations of best dressed
riders and best shop window these were won by Skye and Kyle Atkinson,
Jeffrey with her kids Callum and Hannah, and by Lumsdens Newsagents,
Spannerface then sang the Tubs song for 2012, and we were off for a
chase to the golf club was won this year by Nige
Fawkes, who won in a record time of 4 minutes 63 seconds, and
celebrated with a
drink from the Mick Rick tankard, a very appropriate celebration, the
then entertained royally by his followers, with songs and jokes, none
can be repeated here, and ex Hawick Cornet Greg McLeod gave us his own
brand of entertainment again I can’t really explain what happened
as I couldn’t
look! Peter and Campbell took time off from promoting the latest Muppet
to serve the thirsty followers and great thanks is due to the Golf Club
again for hosting us on both Common Riding day and for the Bike Clip
On then to
the Byers monument for the eagerly awaited and
traditional snogging of the sod and supping of the Tequila, this
year’s sod was
much moister than previous sods because of the inclement weather we
having, but this did not detract from its unique flavour in fact it
made it nicer, although official sod bearer Scooter Hay did say it was
heavier than usual sod.
year we were to be honoured with riding behind the
official Olympic torch, which was carried with great panache by Libby
we followed the torch to the Olive Tree, where the Common Riding
emblems of the Kipper and Barley Fadge were paraded in front of a
massive crowd, Common Riding
Virgins, Carolyn Cuthbert and Ralph Hedley were chosen as this
carriers, and a grand job they did too, in fact for the first time in
memory the kipper made it through the day!
man with the non politically correct nickname, so I
can’t use it in the Clatter, but if you add the letters ch to
inky, you will
know who I mean, gave us the Toblerone and Whisky ceremony,
Knubum, the designer of both the Toblerone bar and the steps in the
the Holm Brig, then we were off to our official watering hole of the
Trap for a
brief drink, before continuing with the boundary checking.
stop was Fred’s corner, for anyone new to the village
that doesn’t know where this is, it is at Fred’s corner,
there the original
remaining members of the very first common riding took part in the
the Cloth ceremony in memory of the battle of the aforementioned
and so to the Gilly Fraser speech celebrating the history of a TV
Author of many romantic novels including her latest Fifty Shades of
this used to take place in the Legion doorway but now takes places at
Copshaw Kitchen along with the twa chickens (you couldn’t make it
up) due to
the sad demise of the Legion.
is the next stop on the journey and hosts Jo and
Jock, treated us in the usual manner, with the much needed sustenance
rolls and the not so much needed drink or two! Up at Dykehead the
Brydon celebrates the attempt by Brydon Mabon to stop the last train
through the village, this train was carrying bridies from Bridekirk
ceremony and thanks to Pinner’s at the butchers for a grand
bridie this year.
at Lydalia then treated us royally to a drink and a
wee song, before the Hound of Lydalia, which was written by a couple of
visitors to the site, obviously attuned to the strange world of Copshaw
Garden Party this year was held in mostly dry weather
with a variety of sports only seen once a year, and which produced some
breaking performances, this year’s chicken was tossed 37 metres,
or over 40
yards if you had Bill Fleeting as a teacher! And the egg Russian
year featured actual hard boiled eggs.
day ended with the Jed Pipe Band with Pipe Major Pee Wee
Irving, leading the followers to the village hall to open the Festival
shake the shoulders and see the Tub hand in the flag after a great and
emotional day, the Tub has had to follow in some big footsteps and he
off in style well done BJ.
Common Riding wouldn’t exist without a lot of support
from a lot of people, on the day itself and through the year at various
We have raised thousands of pounds for local causes and it’s
mainly down to
Copshaw’s ain folk.
thanks to Margaret Imrie, The Festival committee, The
Golf Club, Jo and Jock Atkinson, Phillip and Helen Jane, Costcutters,
Tree, The Butchers, The Copshaw Kitchen, Eddie Rutherford, The
Hot Dog and Bar Ladies (superb again) Babs and anyone with a bucket at
and if I have missed anyone sorry.
thanks to the committee, it’s not easy at times and
it’s a good job we all like each other!! The common riding is in
with that lot and roll on 2013.
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