Acting Father and MotherActing Father and Mother

The Cornet’s Acting Father and Acting Mother for this year are Richard Lynn and his wife Lynne Gilchrist. Richie and Lynne have been married for 22 years and have three sons … Richard, Chris and Bruce. The boys are excited and delighted to be supporting their father on horseback at the rides out and The Common-Riding.

The Acting Father was born in 1962 and attended Drumlanrig and Hawick High Schools. Not one for traditional education, Richie spent most of his youth at the “George Bird School of Equestrian Art!” He commenced his working life as a builder at Jas. Swinton before establishing his own building company, which he runs today.

Richie first followed in 1973 on a pony called Goldie following Cornet George Turnbull. He has supported the Common-Riding ever since and is delighted to share his ‘big year’ with his lifelong friend and Silver Jubilee Cornet Colin Murray.

Richie has a passion for all things equestrian, from spending days at the races, following the Jedforest Hunt or being “head lad!!” to one of the boys who have adopted their father’s enthusiasm for horses. Chris works at a National Hunt yard in Cheshire and Bruce is making a name for himself within the Pony Racing circuit.

Acting Mother, Lynne Gilchrist, was born in 1965 and was educated at Burnfoot and Hawick High schools. Lynne has worked at Borders College since 1988 and is Head of Faculty for Creative Industries, Sport and Business. Both Richie and Lynne are delighted and privileged to be chosen as Acting Father and Acting Mother for 2015 and will undertake their duties, represent the town and support Gregor and Lois with pride and honour.

Sweet memories dwell in the guid auld toon that’s aye been kind to me.


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