The Scottish Borders Common Ridings & Festivals presented a spectacular procession at the Royal Highland Show 2009 on Sunday 28 June to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009. Key Scottish Borders themes also provided the focus for the promotion of the area in the Royal Highland Show Homecoming Scotland 2009 Marquee encouraging visitors to come to the Borders.
The Royal Highland Show, which attracts around 160,000 people over the four day event, extended an invitation to the Border Common Ridings to visit the Show. Riders from the towns of Hawick, West Linton, Jedburgh, Selkirk, Peebles, Melrose, Duns, Kelso, Lauder and Coldstream paraded around the Show's Main Ring.
A special invitation was also extended to Langholm Common Riding to join the Return to the Ridings showcase.
Two riders from each town proudly displayed their town or Burgh flag while being accompanied by the town's music. A special casting of the colours was performed by Selkirk Standard Bearer, James Cheyne as he recreated the fantastic performance he delivered to the crowds of people in Selkirk Market Place.
Councillor Alasdair Hutton, Convener of the Council, well know for presenting the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, commentated on the procession and explained why the Common Ridings, the Ride-Out and the casting of the colours are such important parts of the area's heritage and history.
Working with the Homecoming Scotland team at Scottish Borders Council, the Scottish Borders Common Ridings and Festivals Association created a showcase that demonstrated the history and heritage of the ancient Ridings in front of an international crowd.