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Programme about Common Ridings and Festivals in Hawick, Selkirk, Peebles, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Langholm, and Lauder. Devised by George Burnett. Produced by Moultrie R. Kelsall
Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Lauder, Langholm, and other towns of the Scottish Border are accustomed in peace-time to hold summer festivals, in which great attention is paid to past history. The war has of course necessitated modifications of these ceremonies, but they continue to be held. Their forms differ ; sometimes there is a straightforward riding of the burgh boundaries-a custom once observed as a protection against the pilfering of common land by neighbouring lairds. Peebles has its ' common riding ' combined with a youth festival which culminates in the crowning of the ' Beltane Queen'. Innerleithen celebrates ancient strife against the forces of darkness by ' burning the devil ' ; and so on. Before the war some aspects of these
Border Festivals were presented in the Scottish Regional programme. This arrangement is nowadays impracticable, but this evening George Burnett presents a composite programme in which* teams from Border towns will explain—no doubt with friendly rivalry—the main features of their respective ceremonies.
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