Night Afore the Morn - Long may Selkirk’s flags dip and weave

Bussin' of John Black's Weavers flag in Victoria Hall Selkirk.

Bussin' of John Black's Weavers flag in Victoria Hall Selkirk.

On the Night Afore the Morn, the United Crafts held their Bussin’ o’ Colours in the Victoria Halls.

The Hammermen’s Standard Bearer David Main, the Weavers’ Standard Bearer John Black, and their Lady Bussers, Leanne and Val, joined on the stage Deacons Kevin Fairbairn (Hammermen) and Keith Russell (Weavers), with Drew Piercy celebrating his Golden Jubilee as the Hammermen’s Standard Bearer.

Kevin opened proceedings, before community singing of Hail Smilin’ Morn and Up Wi’ The Souters, and Tommy Knox performing Selkirk Evermore. Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Greg MacDougall spoke of his anticipation of the next day: “Where else can you find such community spirit, but here in Selkirk on Common Riding week, as we all look forward to this great event, where there are no spectators: everyone plays their part.

“All Standard Bearers consider their duties an honour, to be fulfilled to the best of their abilities. The United Crafts have once again made two excellent choices as Standard Bearers.

“We as Standard Bearers have chosen or been chosen to represent our town, Crafts and Associations on the biggest stage of all. We will finally fulfill our dreams with that concluding ceremony – the Casting of the Colours.

“Long may Selkirk’s flags dip and weave to that defiant lilt of Up wi’ the Souters.

After the dedication by the Reverend Bruce Lawrie, the Bussin’ concluded with Hilary Bell performing Jeanie’s Black E’e, and Selkirk primary school children singing Men of Ettrick and Auld Selkirk, before Tommy Knox sang The Roses and Dixie Scott The Liltin’.

Deacon Keith Russell closed with the vote of thanks, before Auld Lang Syne.




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