50 YEARS AGO
It is a privilege to write a few words about our 50 year Cornet Norman Dickey who, sadly, will not be with us to celebrate his Golden Jubilee having passed away in September 2008.
Norman was a keen Common Riding supporter following the Cornet from an early age. He was an excellent horseman, well liked by people who got to know him, a true ‘guitterbluid’ and well qualified to carry The Banner Blue in 1961.
After leaving school, Norman started work as an apprentice baker at Young’s in the Howegate before moving on to Elliot’s Hosiery Mill. He also did a spell in Curran’s Racing Stable and had a few point-to-point rides. He was called up for National Service when he turned 18 serving two years in the Tank Corps. He worked at Renwick’s, first as a millman then later in workstudy from where he was transferred to Belper. Before returning to Hawick, he spent time at Jaeger finishing his knitwear career in Jedburgh. Norman then took over the newsagents at Silverbuthall.
Norman enjoyed a flutter on the horses, especially round the flapping circuit and later became handicapper for a few years at the Moor and various other meetings. He was a member of The Callants Club and The Ancient Order of Mosstroopers becoming President in 1968.
The Cornet’s Lass in 1961 was Miss Christine Anderson, a lovely young lass who carried out her duties to perfection. Norman and Christine married in 1963 and had one daughter, Julie, who now resides in Galashiels.
Norman was also very proud to be Acting Father to Ian Nichol in 1984 and the manner in which Norman and Christine carried out their duties was exemplary.
Norman’s Acting Father was Tom Crosbie who, along with his wife Mamie, gave Norman and Christine great support. Unfortunately, Tom broke his leg at Denholm ride out and the 1960 Acting Father James Leithead stepped in to continue the official duties.
Christine, to you and your family, it is hoped this Common Riding will bring back some happy memories. There will definitely be one or two toasts to ‘absent friends.’
25 YEARS AGO
Cornet in 1986 was David Nuttall with his Lass Gael Taylor. Now married, they have two daughters, Rachel and Lauren, and a son, Jordan.
David attended Drumlanrig Primary and Hawick High School and, on leaving, joined his father in the family knitwear business, William Lockie and Co. Ltd. Working his way through the mill in his younger years, he is now Managing Director and the company supply quality knitwear to outlets all over the world.
David is a very accomplished horseman, riding from a young age in gymkhanas and pony races. He first followed Cornet Philip Murray in 1972 becoming a Mosstrooper that year.
Following in the footsteps of his late father Joe, who was Cornet in 1959, David was a very popular and deserving choice for Cornet.
To David and Gael, Rachel, Lauren and Jordan, we wish you a Happy Silver Jubilee year and let’s hope the sun shines.
Acting Father in 1986 was local joiner and businessman, Bert Wear, who, along with his lovely wife Jessie, carried out their duties with great passion and dignity.
2011 will, hopefully, bring back many happy memories of 25 years ago and our best wishes go to Bert, Jessie and their family on this special year.
- About the Common Riding
- Election of Cornet
- Congratulatory Smoker
- St Leonards Hut
- Exiles Night
- Colour Bussing
- The Moor
- Dinner & Ball
- Race Programme